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Date:   Thu, 15 Oct 2020 15:56:27 +0200
From:   Alexander Lochmann <>
To:, Jan Kara <>
Cc:     Horst Schirmeier <>,
Subject: [RFC] Fine-grained locking documentation for jbd2 data structures

Hi folks,

when comparing our generated locking documentation with the current
located in include/linux/jbd2.h, I found some inconsistencies. (Our
According to the official documentation, the following members should be
read using a lock:
- j_flags: j_state_lock
- j_barrier_count: j_state_lock
- j_running_transaction: j_state_lock
- j_commit_sequence: j_state_lock
- j_commit_request: j_state_lock
- t_nr_buffers: j_list_lock
- t_buffers: j_list_lock
- t_reserved_list: j_list_lock
- t_shadow_list: j_list_lock
- i_transaction: j_list_lock
- i_next_transaction: j_list_lock
- i_flags: j_list_lock
- i_dirty_start: j_list_lock
- i_dirty_start: j_list_lock

However, our results say that no locks are needed at all for *reading*
those members.
From what I know, it is common wisdom that word-sized data types can be
read without any lock in the Linux kernel.
All of the above members have word size, i.e., int, long, or ptr.
Is it therefore safe to split the locking documentation as follows?
@j_flags: General journaling state flags [r:nolocks, w:j_state_lock]

The following members are not word-sizes. Our results also suggest that
no locks are needed.
Can the proposed change be applied to them as well?
- t_chp_stats: j_checkpoint_sem
- i_list: j_list_lock


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