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

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.

Thanks.

--
tejun

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