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Date:	Fri, 26 Aug 2011 04:50:57 -0400
From:	Christoph Hellwig <>
To:	Dave Chinner <>
Cc:	Theodore Ts'o <>, Jiaying Zhang <>,
Subject: Re: [URGENT PATCH] ext4: fix potential deadlock in ext4_evict_inode()

On Fri, Aug 26, 2011 at 06:44:03PM +1000, Dave Chinner wrote:
> While the lockdep report is false positive, I agree that your
> change is the right fix to make - the IO completions are already
> queued on the workqueue, so they don't need to be flushed to get
> them to complete. All that needs to be done is call
> ext4_ioend_wait() for them to complete, and that gets rid of the
> i_mutex altogether. (*)

The really correct fix is to stop using the ioend wait like I did
in my pending series for XFS.  The only thing preventing ext4 from
doing that is that it marks pages uptodate from irq context,
before finishing the ioends.  This has a lot of nasty implications
as the the page might be marked uptodate without actually having
that state on disk.

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