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Re: [PATCH] bdi: Fix another oops in wb_workfn()

On Mon 11-06-18 10:20:53, Tejun Heo wrote:
> Hello,
> On Mon, Jun 11, 2018 at 06:29:20PM +0200, Jan Kara wrote:
> > > Would something like the following work or am I missing the point
> > > entirely?
> > 
> > I was pondering the same solution for a while but I think it won't work.
> > The problem is that e.g. wb_memcg_offline() could have already removed
> > wb from the radix tree but it is still pending in bdi->wb_list
> > (wb_shutdown() has not run yet) and so we'd drop reference we didn't get.
> Yeah, right, so the root cause is that we're walking the wb_list while
> holding lock and expecting the object to stay there even after lock is
> released.  Hmm... we can use a mutex to synchronize the two
> destruction paths.  It's not like they're hot paths anyway.

Hmm, do you mean like having a per-bdi or even a global mutex that would
protect whole wb_shutdown()? Yes, that should work and we could get rid of
WB_shutting_down bit as well with that. Just it seems a bit strange to
introduce a mutex only to synchronize these two shutdown paths - usually
locks protect data structures and in this case we have cgwb_lock for
that so it looks like a duplication from a first look.

Jan Kara <jack@xxxxxxxx>