Re: [2.6.34-git8][regression] massive polling problems with udevdand other processes

From: Eric Paris
Date: Sat May 22 2010 - 19:25:47 EST

On Sat, 2010-05-22 at 18:59 -0400, Eric Paris wrote:
> On Sat, May 22, 2010 at 4:44 PM, Al Viro <viro@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> > On Sat, May 22, 2010 at 01:21:19PM -0700, walt wrote:
> >> On 05/22/2010 12:35 PM, Shawn Starr wrote:
> >> >Just built today's snapshot from linus's tree and have problems with udev
> >> >using 100% cpu and KDE processes also pegging cpus.
> >> >
> >> >This is with Fedora 13 + snapshot kernel from git.
> >> >
> >> >Anyone else noticing this?
> >>
> >> Yes, just bisected it to this:
> >>
> >> commit a7cf4145bb86aaf85d4d4d29a69b50b688e2e49d
> >> Author: Eric Paris <eparis@>
> >> Date: Fri May 14 11:44:10 2010 -0400
> >>
> >> anon_inode: set S_IFREG on the anon_inode
> >
> > Cute... Frankly, I'd be fine with just reverting that one and teaching
> > selinux to STFU. However, I wonder what specifically is getting polled.
> > Which anon_inode users?
> On my system udev has both inotify and signalfd open. He's asking for
> more of the strace. If the ONLY thing that udev is doing is polling
> with no other syscalls at all it's a udev problem (although maybe one
> where we have to maintain bug for bug compatibility.
> Can you show us a more lines of strace context and the output of ls -l
> /proc/$PID/fd ? That should give us a better idea what udev is doing
> and which anon_inode we are dealing with.

I'm wondering if this isn't a udev bug brought on by the combination of:

commit c44dcc56d2b5c79ba3063d20f76e5347e2e418f6
Author: Al Viro <viro@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Thu Feb 11 02:24:46 2010 -0500

switch inotify_user to anon_inode

Signed-off-by: Al Viro <viro@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

and a7cf4145bb86aaf85d4d4d29a69b50b688e2e49d (the commit in question).
Before c44dcc56 the inotify inode would have been an S_IFDIR and maybe
for that reason wouldn't have made it into the udev polling set? The
inotify inode would have been nothing after c44dcc56 (obviously) and now
that it is S_IFREG maybe udev is putting it in the polling set for some

I'm feeling like this is a udev bug, but the only fix is going to be to
revert and paper over anything else that has problems with
(mode & S_IFMNT) == 0


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