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Date:	Thu, 16 Sep 2010 11:55:53 +0200
From:	Jan Kara <>
To:	Christoph Hellwig <>
Cc:	Jan Kara <>,,,,, Al Viro <>,
	Ted Ts'o <>, Joel Becker <>
Subject: Re: [PATCH] quota: Fix deadlock during path resolution

On Thu 16-09-10 00:52:08, Christoph Hellwig wrote:
> On Wed, Sep 15, 2010 at 11:39:51PM +0200, Jan Kara wrote:
> > As Al Viro pointed out path resolution during Q_QUOTAON calls to quotactl
> > is prone to deadlocks. We hold s_umount semaphore for reading during the
> > path resolution and resolution itself may need to acquire the semaphore
> > for writing when e. g. autofs mountpoint is passed.
> > 
> > Solve the problem by performing the resolution before we get hold of the
> > superblock (and thus s_umount semaphore). The whole thing is complicated
> > by the fact that some filesystems (OCFS2) ignore the path argument. So to
> > distinguish between filesystem which want the path and which do not we
> > introduce new .quota_on_meta callback which does not get the path. OCFS2
> > then uses this callback instead of old .quota_on.
> FYI I have a patch that switches ocfs to share the quota_on method with
> XFS which behaves the same, and consolidate the quota_off method for all
> filesystems.  I think that's better than adding yet another method.
> I'll rebase it and send it out soon.
  Ok, that would be nice. I'll wait with my fix then.

Jan Kara <>
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