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SubjectRe: [RFC PATCH] kernfs: release kernfs_mutex before the inode allocation

On Tue, Nov 16, 2021 at 11:27:56PM -0800, Minchan Kim wrote:
> A app launching involves dma_buf exports which creates kobject
> and add it to the kernfs with down_write - kernfs_add_one.
> At the same time in other CPU, a random process was accessing
> sysfs and the kernfs_iop_lookup was already hoding the kernfs_rwsem
> and ran under direct reclaim patch due to alloc_inode in
> kerfs_get_inode.
> Therefore, the app is stuck on the lock and lose frames so enduser
> sees the jank.

So, one really low hanging fruit here would be using a separate rwsem per
superblock. Nothing needs synchronization across different users of kernfs
and the locking is shared just because nobody bothered to separate them out
while generalizing it from sysfs.



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