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[dm-devel] [PATCH] drop mutex in __set_size

On Thu, 23 Jul 2009, Jun'ichi Nomura wrote:

> Hi Alasdair, Mikulas,
> I found 2.6.31-rc includes the following commit:
>   commit 32a926da5a16c01a8213331e5764472ce2f14a8d
>   Author: Mikulas Patocka <mpatocka redhat com>
>   Date:   Mon Jun 22 10:12:17 2009 +0100
> which will introduce a deadlock problem described here:
> https://www.redhat.com/archives/dm-devel/2009-May/msg00097.html
> (or see below)
> Was the problem fixed/worked around somehow?


I'd submit this. What do others think about it?



Drop the mutex.

It doesn't make sense to lock it for a single assignment, this code can't
be executed concurrently. The size should be read with i_size_read which
is automatically protected against concurrent i_size_write.

This locking can lead to a deadlock, if someone holds i_mutex while
the device is being suspended, described by Jun'ichi Nomura at

Signed-off-by: Mikulas Patocka <mpatocka redhat com>

 drivers/md/dm.c |    2 --
 1 file changed, 2 deletions(-)

Index: linux-2.6.31-rc3-devel/drivers/md/dm.c
--- linux-2.6.31-rc3-devel.orig/drivers/md/dm.c	2009-07-28 01:20:17.000000000 +0200
+++ linux-2.6.31-rc3-devel/drivers/md/dm.c	2009-07-28 01:20:27.000000000 +0200
@@ -1901,9 +1901,7 @@ static void __set_size(struct mapped_dev
 	set_capacity(md->disk, size);
-	mutex_lock(&md->bdev->bd_inode->i_mutex);
 	i_size_write(md->bdev->bd_inode, (loff_t)size << SECTOR_SHIFT);
-	mutex_unlock(&md->bdev->bd_inode->i_mutex);
 static int __bind(struct mapped_device *md, struct dm_table *t,

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