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Date:   Mon, 24 Feb 2020 13:59:16 +0100
From:   Jan Kara <>
To:     <>
Cc:     "J. R. Okajima" <>, Jan Kara <>
Subject: [PATCH] ext2: Silence lockdep warning about reclaim under xattr_sem

Lockdep complains about a chain:
  sb_internal#2 --> &ei->xattr_sem#2 --> fs_reclaim

and shrink_dentry_list -> ext2_evict_inode -> ext2_xattr_delete_inode ->
down_write(ei->xattr_sem) creating a locking cycle in the reclaim path.
This is however a false positive because when we are in
ext2_evict_inode() we are the only holder of the inode reference and
nobody else should touch xattr_sem of that inode. So we cannot ever
block on acquiring the xattr_sem in the reclaim path.

Silence the lockdep warning by using down_write_trylock() in
ext2_xattr_delete_inode() to not create false locking dependency.

Reported-by: "J. R. Okajima" <>
Signed-off-by: Jan Kara <>
 fs/ext2/xattr.c | 10 +++++++++-
 1 file changed, 9 insertions(+), 1 deletion(-)

I plan to queue this patch to my tree.

diff --git a/fs/ext2/xattr.c b/fs/ext2/xattr.c
index 0456bc990b5e..4a2eea3ca188 100644
--- a/fs/ext2/xattr.c
+++ b/fs/ext2/xattr.c
@@ -790,7 +790,15 @@ ext2_xattr_delete_inode(struct inode *inode)
 	struct buffer_head *bh = NULL;
 	struct ext2_sb_info *sbi = EXT2_SB(inode->i_sb);
-	down_write(&EXT2_I(inode)->xattr_sem);
+	/*
+	 * We are the only ones holding inode reference. The xattr_sem should
+ 	 * better be unlocked! We could as well just not acquire xattr_sem at
+	 * all but this makes the code more futureproof. OTOH we need trylock
+	 * here to avoid false-positive warning from lockdep about reclaim
+	 * circular dependency.
+	 */
+	if (WARN_ON(!down_write_trylock(&EXT2_I(inode)->xattr_sem)))
+		return;
 	if (!EXT2_I(inode)->i_file_acl)
 		goto cleanup;

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