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

Andy Lutomirski luto at amacapital.net
Tue Jan 14 14:26:26 MST 2014

[grr, gmail -- I didn't actually intend to send that.]

On Tue, Jan 14, 2014 at 1:24 PM, Andy Lutomirski <luto at amacapital.net> wrote:
> On Tue, Jan 14, 2014 at 1:19 PM, Frank Filz <ffilzlnx at mindspring.com> wrote:
>>>       process 2 requests a write lock, gets -EDEADLK, unlocks and
>>>       requests a new read lock.  That request succeeds because there
>>>       is no conflicting lock.  (Note the lock manager had no
>>>       opportunity to upgrade 1's lock here thanks to the conflict with
>>>       3's lock.)
>> As I understand write lock priority, process 2 requesting a new read lock
>> would block, once there is a write lock waiter, no further read locks would
>> be granted that would conflict with that waiting write lock.
> ...which reminds me -- if anyone implements writer priority, please
> make it optional (either w/ a writer-priority-ignoring read lock or a
> non-priority-granting write lock).  I have an application for which
> writer priority would be really annoying.
> Even better: Have read-lock-and-wait-for-pending-writers be an explicit new operation.
> (Writer priority a

Writer priority can introduce new deadlocks.  Suppose that a reader
(holding a read lock) starts a subprocess that takes a new read lock
and waits for that subprocess.  Throw an unrelated process in that
tries to take a write lock and you have an instant deadlock.


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