Issues with Linux kernel oplocks

Ralph Wuerthner ralphw at
Wed Jul 24 07:14:46 MDT 2013

On 23/07/13 23:53, Jeremy Allison wrote:
> On Tue, Jul 23, 2013 at 02:12:28PM -0700, Jeremy Allison wrote:
> Ok Ralph, can you test this fix to see if it addresses
> your issue ? It should apply cleanly to 3.6.x and 4.0.x.
> If it works for you then we'll raise a bug and get it
> into and

Hi Jeremy,

in my initial posting I forgot to mention that our underlying file 
system is GPFS and we are not using fcntl() to request a lease, instead 
we call a GPFS specific function (gpfs_set_lease). Internally GPFS is 
still using the kernel lease infrastructure but that specific function 
is required to be able to notify other cluster nodes about the lease. 
That's why we do not use linux_setlease() at all and I had to apply the 
following patch to make it work with our application:

diff --git a/source3/modules/vfs_gpfs.c b/source3/modules/vfs_gpfs.c
index a4ed473..9cf0c04 100644
--- a/source3/modules/vfs_gpfs.c
+++ b/source3/modules/vfs_gpfs.c
@@ -107,7 +107,9 @@ static int vfs_gpfs_setlease(vfs_handle_struct 
*handle, files_struct *fsp,

         if (config->leases) {
+               become_root();
                 ret = set_gpfs_lease(fsp->fh->fd,leasetype);
+               unbecome_root();


I tested above patch and now everything is working as expected.

To debug the issue a colleague prepared a systemtap script to take a 
closer look at what's happening inside the kernel and with my patch 
applied we now see that the lock owner is root:

send_sigio_to_task:fown euid:0
send_sigio_to_task:fown uid:0
send_sigio_to_task:cred suid:0
send_sigio_to_task:cred uid:0

Without the patch we used to get

send_sigio_to_task:fown euid:11000500
send_sigio_to_task:fown uid:11000500
send_sigio_to_task:cred suid:0
send_sigio_to_task:cred uid:0

I also tested your patch on a ext2 file system and the results are the 
same - so please go ahead and proceed with your patch.



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