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Revert "[PATCH] generic_file_buffered_write(): deadlock on vectored write"
authorAndrew Morton <akpm@osdl.org>
Tue, 16 Oct 2007 08:24:54 +0000 (01:24 -0700)
committerLinus Torvalds <torvalds@woody.linux-foundation.org>
Tue, 16 Oct 2007 16:42:54 +0000 (09:42 -0700)
commit6814d7a91289ceb143285975e244a8f00fd3a830
treee439e5d802d6ebaa73bac8b08c311ca60d4c8ee4
parent4b49643fbb3fa8bf4910f82be02d45e94e8972a4
Revert "[PATCH] generic_file_buffered_write(): deadlock on vectored write"

This reverts commit 6527c2bdf1f833cc18e8f42bd97973d583e4aa83, which
fixed the following bug:

  When prefaulting in the pages in generic_file_buffered_write(), we only
  faulted in the pages for the firts segment of the iovec.  If the second of
  successive segment described a mmapping of the page into which we're
  write()ing, and that page is not up-to-date, the fault handler tries to lock
  the already-locked page (to bring it up to date) and deadlocks.

  An exploit for this bug is in writev-deadlock-demo.c, in
  http://www.zip.com.au/~akpm/linux/patches/stuff/ext3-tools.tar.gz.

  (These demos assume blocksize < PAGE_CACHE_SIZE).

The problem with this fix is that it takes the kernel back to doing a single
prepare_write()/commit_write() per iovec segment.  So in the worst case we'll
run prepare_write+commit_write 1024 times where we previously would have run
it once. The other problem with the fix is that it fix all the locking problems.

<insert numbers obtained via ext3-tools's writev-speed.c here>

And apparently this change killed NFS overwrite performance, because, I
suppose, it talks to the server for each prepare_write+commit_write.

So just back that patch out - we'll be fixing the deadlock by other means.

Nick says: also it only ever actually papered over the bug, because after
faulting in the pages, they might be unmapped or reclaimed.

Signed-off-by: Nick Piggin <npiggin@suse.de>
Signed-off-by: Andrew Morton <akpm@linux-foundation.org>
Signed-off-by: Linus Torvalds <torvalds@linux-foundation.org>
mm/filemap.c