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Date:	Wed, 9 Jan 2008 19:44:30 +0100
From:	Jan Kara <jack@...e.cz>
To:	"Aneesh Kumar K.V" <aneesh.kumar@...ux.vnet.ibm.com>
Cc:	tytso@....edu, adilger@....com, bzzz@....com, cmm@...ibm.com,
	linux-ext4@...r.kernel.org
Subject: Re: [PATCH] ext4: Fix the soft lockup with multi block allocator.

On Wed 09-01-08 23:54:28, Aneesh Kumar K.V wrote:
> On Wed, Jan 09, 2008 at 01:10:41PM +0100, Jan Kara wrote:
> > > With the multi block allocator when we don't have prealloc space we discard
> > > @@ -3790,7 +3782,9 @@ repeat:
> > >  
> > >  	/* if we still need more blocks and some PAs were used, try again */
> > >  	if (free < needed && busy) {
> > > +		busy = 0;
> > >  		ext4_unlock_group(sb, group);
> > > +		schedule_timeout(HZ);
> > >  		goto repeat;
> > >  	}
> >   Hmm, wouldn't just schedule() be enough here? That would give a good
> > chance to other processes to proceed and we would avoid this artificial
> > wait of 1s which is quite ugly IMO.
> > 
> 
> But then who will wake up the task ?. I have the below comment added to
> the patch in the patch queue.
  As far as I know, you don't have to wake-up the task explicitely.
Scheduler will simply schedule the task sometime in future (it is a similar
situation as if the task got preempted in the kernel).

> /*
>  * We see this quiet rare. But if a particular workload is
>  * effected by this we may need to add a waitqueue
>  */
  Yes, adding that comment is good in any case :).

								Honza

-- 
Jan Kara <jack@...e.cz>
SUSE Labs, CR
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