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Re: [Cluster-devel] [PATCH 4 of 5] Bz #248176: GFS2: invalid metadata block - REVISED

Bob Peterson wrote:
Part of the problem was that inodes were being recycled
before their buffers were flushed to the journal logs.

Set aside "after this patch, the problem goes away" thing ...

I haven't checked previous three patches yet so I may not have the overall picture ... but why adding the journal flush spin lock here could prevent the new inode to get re-used before its associated buffer are flushed to the logs ? Could you elaborate more ?

diff --git a/fs/gfs2/rgrp.c b/fs/gfs2/rgrp.c
index b93ac45..2d7f7ea 100644
--- a/fs/gfs2/rgrp.c
+++ b/fs/gfs2/rgrp.c
@@ -865,12 +865,15 @@ static struct inode *try_rgrp_unlink(struct gfs2_rgrpd *rgd, u64 *last_unlinked)
 	struct inode *inode;
 	u32 goal = 0, block;
 	u64 no_addr;
+	struct gfs2_sbd *sdp = rgd->rd_sbd;
for(;;) {
 		if (goal >= rgd->rd_data)
+		down_write(&sdp->sd_log_flush_lock);
 		block = rgblk_search(rgd, goal, GFS2_BLKST_UNLINKED,
+		up_write(&sdp->sd_log_flush_lock);
 		if (block == BFITNOENT)
My concern is that GFS2's usage of sd_log_flush_lock has been very abused lately. The journal logic is gradually becoming difficult to understand and maintain. With this change, we move a local spin lock (that belongs to log.c) into another sub-component (rgrp). Intuitively, this is not right.

-- Wendy

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