Re: 2.6.27-rc6: lockdep warning: iprune_mutex atshrink_icache_memory+0x38/0x1a8

From: Dave Chinner
Date: Mon Sep 15 2008 - 22:52:26 EST

On Sun, Sep 14, 2008 at 03:31:38AM +0400, Alexander Beregalov wrote:
> Hi
> [ INFO: possible circular locking dependency detected ]
> 2.6.27-rc6-00034-gd1c6d2e #3
> -------------------------------------------------------
> nfsd/1766 is trying to acquire lock:
> (iprune_mutex){--..}, at: [<c01743fb>] shrink_icache_memory+0x38/0x1a8
> but task is already holding lock:
> (&(&ip->i_iolock)->mr_lock){----}, at: [<c021134f>]
> xfs_ilock+0xa2/0xd6
> I read files through nfs and saw delay for few seconds.
> System is x86_32, nfs, xfs.
> The last working kernel is 2.6.27-rc5,
> I do not know yet is it reproducible or not.


We need a FAQ for this one. It's a false positive. Google for an
explanation - I've explained it 4 or 5 times in the past year and
asked that the lockdep folk invent a special annotation for the
iprune_mutex (or memory reclaim) because of the way it can cause
recursion into the filesystem and hence invert lock orders without
causing deadlocks.....


Dave Chinner
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