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authorPavel Mironchik <tibor0@gmail.com>2006-08-31 21:27:47 -0700
committerLinus Torvalds <torvalds@g5.osdl.org>2006-09-01 11:39:09 -0700
commit0b1d647a02c5a1b67d45287eeb6cb3b2219c41c3 (patch)
tree13f9caa7b0ebd17dff481f854ac8803aae01234f /mm
parent1e5f5e5cd65eec6ce5c24a9c29f3e52673b121a6 (diff)
[PATCH] dm: work around mempool_alloc, bio_alloc_bioset deadlocks
This patch works around a complex dm-related deadlock/livelock down in the mempool allocator. Alasdair said: Several dm targets suffer from this. Mempools are not yet used correctly everywhere in device-mapper: they can get shared when devices are stacked, and some targets share them across multiple instances. I made fixing this one of the prerequisites for this patch: md-dm-reduce-stack-usage-with-stacked-block-devices.patch which in some cases makes people more likely to hit the problem. There's been some progress on this recently with (unfinished) dm-crypt patches at: http://www.kernel.org/pub/linux/kernel/people/agk/patches/2.6/editing/ (dm-crypt-move-io-to-workqueue.patch plus dependencies) and: I've no problems with a temporary workaround like that, but Milan Broz (a new Redhat developer in the Czech Republic) has started reviewing all the mempool usage in device-mapper so I'm expecting we'll soon have a proper fix for this associated problems. [He's back from holiday at the start of next week.] For now, this sad-but-safe little patch will allow the machine to recover. [akpm@osdl.org: rewrote changelog] Cc: Alasdair G Kergon <agk@redhat.com> Signed-off-by: Andrew Morton <akpm@osdl.org> Signed-off-by: Linus Torvalds <torvalds@osdl.org>
Diffstat (limited to 'mm')
1 files changed, 7 insertions, 2 deletions
diff --git a/mm/mempool.c b/mm/mempool.c
index fe6e05289cc..ccd8cb8cd41 100644
--- a/mm/mempool.c
+++ b/mm/mempool.c
@@ -238,8 +238,13 @@ repeat_alloc:
prepare_to_wait(&pool->wait, &wait, TASK_UNINTERRUPTIBLE);
- if (!pool->curr_nr)
- io_schedule();
+ if (!pool->curr_nr) {
+ /*
+ * FIXME: this should be io_schedule(). The timeout is there
+ * as a workaround for some DM problems in 2.6.18.
+ */
+ io_schedule_timeout(5*HZ);
+ }
finish_wait(&pool->wait, &wait);
goto repeat_alloc;