Commit 53cf9784 authored by Xiaoguang Wang's avatar Xiaoguang Wang Committed by Theodore Ts'o

jbd2: fix deadlock while checkpoint thread waits commit thread to finish

This issue was found when I tried to put checkpoint work in a separate thread,
the deadlock below happened:
         Thread1                                |   Thread2
__jbd2_log_wait_for_space                       |
jbd2_log_do_checkpoint (hold j_checkpoint_mutex)|
  if (jh->b_transaction != NULL)                |
    ...                                         |
    jbd2_log_start_commit(journal, tid);        |jbd2_update_log_tail
                                                |  will lock j_checkpoint_mutex,
                                                |  but will be blocked here.
    jbd2_log_wait_commit(journal, tid);         |
    wait_event(journal->j_wait_done_commit,     |
     !tid_gt(tid, journal->j_commit_sequence)); |
     ...                                        |wake_up(j_wait_done_commit)
  }                                             |

then deadlock occurs, Thread1 will never be waken up.

To fix this issue, drop j_checkpoint_mutex in jbd2_log_do_checkpoint()
when we are going to wait for transaction commit.
Reviewed-by: default avatarJan Kara <>
Signed-off-by: default avatarXiaoguang Wang <>
Signed-off-by: Theodore Ts'o's avatarTheodore Ts'o <>
parent 8fdd60f2
......@@ -113,7 +113,7 @@ void __jbd2_log_wait_for_space(journal_t *journal)
nblocks = jbd2_space_needed(journal);
while (jbd2_log_space_left(journal) < nblocks) {
* Test again, another process may have checkpointed while we
......@@ -276,9 +276,22 @@ int jbd2_log_do_checkpoint(journal_t *journal)
"JBD2: %s: Waiting for Godot: block %llu\n",
journal->j_devname, (unsigned long long) bh->b_blocknr);
if (batch_count)
__flush_batch(journal, &batch_count);
jbd2_log_start_commit(journal, tid);
* jbd2_journal_commit_transaction() may want
* to take the checkpoint_mutex if JBD2_FLUSHED
* is set, jbd2_update_log_tail() called by
* jbd2_journal_commit_transaction() may also take
* checkpoint_mutex. So we need to temporarily
* drop it.
jbd2_log_wait_commit(journal, tid);
goto retry;
goto restart;
if (!buffer_dirty(bh)) {
if (unlikely(buffer_write_io_error(bh)) && !result)
......@@ -2067,7 +2067,7 @@ int jbd2_journal_wipe(journal_t *journal, int write)
err = jbd2_journal_skip_recovery(journal);
if (write) {
/* Lock to make assertions happy... */
jbd2_mark_journal_empty(journal, REQ_SYNC | REQ_FUA);
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