Re: lockdep wierdness...

From: Steven Rostedt
Date: Mon Sep 24 2007 - 22:15:58 EST

On Mon, Sep 24, 2007 at 06:07:38PM -0400, Trond Myklebust wrote:
> I'm seeing lockdep warning about a potential lock inversion between
> &mm->mmap_sem and &inode->i_mutex in NFS (see attachment).
> Unfortunately the basis for the warning appears to be the behaviour in
> ext3(???). AFAICS there is no way for NFS to share an inode->i_mutex
> with ext3. What to do?

Actually this can probably happen just on NFS alone.

> Trond

> =======================================================
> [ INFO: possible circular locking dependency detected ]
> 2.6.23-rc7-g8809e921 #1
> -------------------------------------------------------
> beagle-build-in/24375 is trying to acquire lock:
> (&mm->mmap_sem){----}, at: [<c05a2887>] do_page_fault+0x17d/0x591
> but task is already holding lock:
> (&inode->i_mutex){--..}, at: [<c059f9e3>] mutex_lock+0x1c/0x1f
> which lock already depends on the new lock.
> the existing dependency chain (in reverse order) is:
> -> #1 (&inode->i_mutex){--..}:
> [<c043d4da>] __lock_acquire+0x9f3/0xba6
> [<c043da62>] lock_acquire+0x5f/0x78
> [<c059f832>] __mutex_lock_slowpath+0xe5/0x27a
> [<c059f9e3>] mutex_lock+0x1c/0x1f
> [<f8c92495>] nfs_revalidate_mapping+0x64/0x9c [nfs]
> [<f8c8ff2a>] nfs_file_mmap+0x46/0x75 [nfs]
> [<c046097c>] mmap_region+0x1ea/0x3b8
> [<c0460e9b>] do_mmap_pgoff+0x27b/0x2da
> [<c0407d77>] sys_mmap2+0x9b/0xb5
> [<c040405e>] sysenter_past_esp+0x5f/0x99
> [<ffffffff>] 0xffffffff
> -> #0 (&mm->mmap_sem){----}:
> [<c043d3c6>] __lock_acquire+0x8df/0xba6
> [<c043da62>] lock_acquire+0x5f/0x78
> [<c04360db>] down_read+0x3a/0x4c
> [<c05a2887>] do_page_fault+0x17d/0x591
> [<c05a1382>] error_code+0x72/0x78
> [<f88acaac>] call_filldir+0xac/0xc3 [ext3]
> [<f88acdb2>] ext3_readdir+0x217/0x5e5 [ext3]
> [<c04798a1>] vfs_readdir+0x67/0x93
> [<c0479af6>] sys_getdents+0x5f/0x9d
> [<c040405e>] sysenter_past_esp+0x5f/0x99
> [<ffffffff>] 0xffffffff

The circular lock seems to be this:


sys_mmap2: down_write(&mm->mmap_sem);
nfs_revalidate_mapping: mutex_lock(&inode->i_mutex);


vfs_readdir: mutex_lock(&inode->i_mutex);
- during the readdir (filldir64), we take a user fault (missing page?)
and call do_page_fault -
do_page_fault: down_read(&mm->mmap_sem);

So it does indeed look like a circular locking. Now the question is, "is
this a bug?". Looking like the inode of #1 must be a file or something
else that you can mmap and the inode of #0 seems it must be a directory.
I would say "no".

Now if you can readdir on a file or mmap a directory, then this could be
an issue.

Otherwise, I'd love to see someone teach lockdep about this issue! ;-)

-- Steve

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