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Date:	Thu, 26 Apr 2012 15:55:52 +0800
From:	Xie Miao <>
To:	Dave Chinner <>
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 11:11 AM, Dave Chinner <> 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.

The change of these two functions is relative to three modules,  so I think
the patch set now is easy to be reviewed by the developers of each module.

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