[PATCH v5 13/14] locks: skip deadlock detection on FL_FILE_PVT locks

Andy Lutomirski luto at amacapital.net
Thu Jan 9 13:25:25 MST 2014

On 01/09/2014 06:19 AM, Jeff Layton wrote:
> It's not really feasible to do deadlock detection with FL_FILE_PVT
> locks since they aren't owned by a single task, per-se. Deadlock
> detection also tends to be rather expensive so just skip it for
> these sorts of locks.

I just looked at the existing deadlock detector, and... eww.

When I think of deadlocks caused by r/w locks (which these are), I think
of two kinds.  First is what the current code tries to detect: two
processes that are each waiting for each other.  I don't know whether
POSIX enshrines the idea of detecting that, but I wouldn't be surprised,
considering how awful the old POSIX locks are.

The sensible kind of detectable deadlock involves just one lock, and it
happens when two processes both hold read locks and try to upgrade to
write locks.  This should be efficiently detectable and makes upgrading
locks safe(r).

I think I'd be happier if it's at least documented that the new fcntl
calls might (some day) detect that kind of deadlock.

All that being said, this patch series is awesome.  I've lost count of
the number of explosions I've seen to due POSIX lock crap.  Thanks!


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