Re: [PATCH] percpu_counter: Fix __percpu_counter_sum()

From: Andrew Morton
Date: Sun Dec 07 2008 - 23:43:26 EST

(cc stable)

On Sun, 7 Dec 2008 10:28:21 -0500 Theodore Tso <tytso@xxxxxxx> wrote:

> On Sat, Dec 06, 2008 at 08:22:33PM -0800, Andrew Morton wrote:
> >
> > I suggest that what we do is to revert both those changes. We can
> > worry about the possibly-unneeded spin_lock later, in a separate patch.
> >
> > It should have been a separate patch anyway. It's conceptually
> > unrelated and is not a bugfix, but it was mixed in with a bugfix.
> >
> > Mingming, this needs urgent consideration, please. Note that I had to
> > make additional changes to ext4 due to the subsequent introduction of
> > the dirty_blocks counter.
> I've looked the two patches which you've queued in the -mm branch, and
> they look correct to me.
> The bugs fixed by these patches can potentially lead to filesystem
> corruption, since we ultimately use these fields to set the superblock
> values. This in my mind makes them stable candidates at the very
> least, and if we weren't so late in the 2.6.28 cycle, I'd be strongly
> tempted to push them to Linus as a bugfix before the merge window.
> Andrew, any strong objections for me to grab them for the ext4 tree?
> Or would you rather carry them? I would prefer that they get pushed
> to Linus as soon as the merge window opens, which is one reason why
> I'd prefer carry them, but we can do this either way.

I'm planning on sending them off to Linus for 2.6.28 this week,
assuming nobody can think of a plausible reason to not do that.

Now I didn't look _very_ closely at the chronology, but I think that
revert-percpu-counter-clean-up-percpu_counter_sum_and_set.patch reverts
a post-2.6.27 change, and is not needed in stable.

however reverts a pre-2.6.27 change, and should be merged into 2.6.27.
This patch reverts the addition and use of
percpu_counter_sum_and_set(), which is racy and can corrupt the

won't apply to 2.6.27 because the dirty_blocks stuff was added and
generates rejects.

So if all the above is correct, I'd propose that if and when
hits mainline, we should ask the -stable guys to directly revert

commit e8ced39d5e8911c662d4d69a342b9d053eaaac4e
Author: Mingming Cao <cmm@xxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Fri Jul 11 19:27:31 2008 -0400

percpu_counter: new function percpu_counter_sum_and_set

which should be all that 2.6.27.x needs.

Agree? If so, can you please take care of getting that patch over to
stable@xxxxxxxxxx? (I added the cc:stable to the diff, so there's
probably nothing which you need to do..)
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