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Date:   Wed, 30 Dec 2020 00:56:27 +0100
From:   Donald Buczek <>
To:, Brian Foster <>,
        Dave Chinner <>
Cc:     Linux Kernel Mailing List <>,, Donald Buczek <>
Subject: [PATCH] xfs: Wake CIL push waiters more reliably

Threads, which committed items to the CIL, wait in the xc_push_wait
waitqueue when used_space in the push context goes over a limit. These
threads need to be woken when the CIL is pushed.

The CIL push worker tries to avoid the overhead of calling wake_all()
when there are no waiters waiting. It does so by checking the same
condition which caused the waits to happen. This, however, is
unreliable, because ctx->space_used can actually decrease when items are
recommitted. If the value goes below the limit while some threads are
already waiting but before the push worker gets to it, these threads are
not woken.

Always wake all CIL push waiters. Test with waitqueue_active() as an
optimization. This is possible, because we hold the xc_push_lock
spinlock, which prevents additions to the waitqueue.

Signed-off-by: Donald Buczek <>
 fs/xfs/xfs_log_cil.c | 2 +-
 1 file changed, 1 insertion(+), 1 deletion(-)

diff --git a/fs/xfs/xfs_log_cil.c b/fs/xfs/xfs_log_cil.c
index b0ef071b3cb5..d620de8e217c 100644
--- a/fs/xfs/xfs_log_cil.c
+++ b/fs/xfs/xfs_log_cil.c
@@ -670,7 +670,7 @@ xlog_cil_push_work(
 	 * Wake up any background push waiters now this context is being pushed.
-	if (ctx->space_used >= XLOG_CIL_BLOCKING_SPACE_LIMIT(log))
+	if (waitqueue_active(&cil->xc_push_wait))

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