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Date:   Fri, 31 Aug 2018 14:49:54 -0600
From:   Jens Axboe <>
To:     Dennis Zhou <>, Tejun Heo <>,
        Johannes Weiner <>,
        Josef Bacik <>
Subject: Re: [PATCH 0/3] fix blkcg offlining and destruction

On 8/31/18 2:22 PM, Dennis Zhou wrote:
> Hi everyone,
> This is a split of an earlier series I sent out [1] containing the first
> 3 patches with fixes from feedback. This series tackles the first
> problem where blkcgs were not being destroyed.
> There is a regression in blkcg destruction where references weren't
> properly put causing blkcgs to never be destroyed. Previously, blkgs
> were destroyed during offlining of the blkcg. This puts back the blkcg
> reference a blkg holds allowing blkcg ref to reach zero. Then,
> blkcg_css_free() is called as part of the final cleanup.
> To address the problem, 0001 reverts the broken commit, 0002 delays
> blkg destruction until writeback has finished, and 0003 closes the
> window on a race condition between a css migration and dying, and
> blkg association. This should fix the issue where blkg_get() was getting
> called when a blkcg had already begun exiting. If a bio finds itself
> here, it will just fall back to root. Oddly enough at one point,
> blk-throttle was using policy data from and associating with potentially
> different blkgs, thus how this was exposed.
> [1]
> This patchset contains the following 3 patches:
>   0001-Revert-blk-throttle-fix-race-between-blkcg_bio_issue.patch
>   0002-blkcg-delay-blkg-destruction-until-after-writeback-h.patch
>   0003-blkcg-use-tryget-logic-when-associating-a-blkg-with-.patch
> 0001 reverts the broken commit.
> 0002 delays blkg destruction until after writeback.
> 0003 fixes a race condition for ongoing IO and blkcg destruction.

Applied for 4.19, thanks Dennis.

Jens Axboe

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