Commit 0ba13fd1 authored by Linus Torvalds's avatar Linus Torvalds

Revert "writeback: plug writeback at a high level"

This reverts commit d353d758.

Doing the block layer plug/unplug inside writeback_sb_inodes() is
broken, because that function is actually called with a spinlock held:
wb->list_lock, as pointed out by Chris Mason.

Chris suggested just dropping and re-taking the spinlock around the
blk_finish_plug() call (the plgging itself can happen under the
spinlock), and that would technically work, but is just disgusting.

We do something fairly similar - but not quite as disgusting because we
at least have a better reason for it - in writeback_single_inode(), so
it's not like the caller can depend on the lock being held over the
call, but in this case there just isn't any good reason for that
"release and re-take the lock" pattern.

[ In general, we should really strive to avoid the "release and retake"
  pattern for locks, because in the general case it can easily cause
  subtle bugs when the caller caches any state around the call that
  might be invalidated by dropping the lock even just temporarily. ]

But in this case, the plugging should be easy to just move up to the
callers before the spinlock is taken, which should even improve the
effectiveness of the plug.  So there is really no good reason to play
games with locking here.

I'll send off a test-patch so that Dave Chinner can verify that that
plug movement works.  In the meantime this just reverts the problematic
commit and adds a comment to the function so that we hopefully don't
make this mistake again.
Reported-by: default avatarChris Mason <[email protected]>
Cc: Josef Bacik <[email protected]>
Cc: Dave Chinner <[email protected]>
Cc: Neil Brown <[email protected]>
Cc: Jan Kara <[email protected]>
Cc: Christoph Hellwig <[email protected]>
Signed-off-by: default avatarLinus Torvalds <[email protected]>
parent e91eb620
......@@ -1380,6 +1380,10 @@ static long writeback_chunk_size(struct bdi_writeback *wb,
* Write a portion of b_io inodes which belong to @sb.
* Return the number of pages and/or inodes written.
* NOTE! This is called with wb->list_lock held, and will
* unlock and relock that for each inode it ends up doing
* IO for.
static long writeback_sb_inodes(struct super_block *sb,
struct bdi_writeback *wb,
......@@ -1398,9 +1402,7 @@ static long writeback_sb_inodes(struct super_block *sb,
unsigned long start_time = jiffies;
long write_chunk;
long wrote = 0; /* count both pages and inodes */
struct blk_plug plug;
while (!list_empty(&wb->b_io)) {
struct inode *inode = wb_inode(wb->b_io.prev);
......@@ -1498,7 +1500,6 @@ static long writeback_sb_inodes(struct super_block *sb,
return wrote;
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