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Date:	Thu, 26 Apr 2012 13:11:56 +1000
From:	Dave Chinner <>
To:	Miao Xie <>
Cc:	Alexander Viro <>,
	Christoph Hellwig <>,
	Linux FSDevel <>,
	Linux Btrfs <>,, Kamal Mostafa <>,
	Linux Ext4 <>
Subject: Re: [PATCH 1/4] vfs: introduce try_to_writeback_inodes_sb(_nr)

On Thu, Apr 26, 2012 at 10:57:43AM +0800, Miao Xie wrote:
> writeback_inodes_sb(_nr) grabs s_umount lock when it want to start writeback,
> it may bring us deadlock problem when doing umount. So we introduce new
> functions -- try_to_writeback_inodes_sb(_nr) -- which use down_read_trylock()
> instead of down_read() to avoid that deadlock problem.
> This idea came from Christoph Hellwig.
> Some code is from the patch of Kamal Mostafa.

This just re-implements writeback_inodes_[nr]_sb_if_idle() with a
trylock instead of a blocking lock.

Just replace the blocking lock in writeback_inodes_[nr]_sb_if_idle()
with a trylock and use that.


Dave Chinner
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