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authorNick Piggin <>2009-01-06 14:40:25 -0800
committerGreg Kroah-Hartman <>2009-01-24 16:41:51 -0800
commit919b966c19b9ae2ed62213f2e59f5ca948f98671 (patch)
parentf186dd604db9883fc2372a18c01589656c9282c9 (diff)
fs: remove WB_SYNC_HOLD
commit 4f5a99d64c17470a784a6c68064207d82e3e74a5 upstream. Remove WB_SYNC_HOLD. The primary motiviation is the design of my anti-starvation code for fsync. It requires taking an inode lock over the sync operation, so we could run into lock ordering problems with multiple inodes. It is possible to take a single global lock to solve the ordering problem, but then that would prevent a future nice implementation of "sync multiple inodes" based on lock order via inode address. Seems like a backward step to remove this, but actually it is busted anyway: we can't use the inode lists for data integrity wait: an inode can be taken off the dirty lists but still be under writeback. In order to satisfy data integrity semantics, we should wait for it to finish writeback, but if we only search the dirty lists, we'll miss it. It would be possible to have a "writeback" list, for sys_sync, I suppose. But why complicate things by prematurely optimise? For unmounting, we could avoid the "livelock avoidance" code, which would be easier, but again premature IMO. Fixing the existing data integrity problem will come next. Signed-off-by: Nick Piggin <> Signed-off-by: Andrew Morton <> Signed-off-by: Linus Torvalds <> Signed-off-by: Greg Kroah-Hartman <>
2 files changed, 2 insertions, 11 deletions
diff --git a/fs/fs-writeback.c b/fs/fs-writeback.c
index d0ff0b8cf309..d99601af9e48 100644
--- a/fs/fs-writeback.c
+++ b/fs/fs-writeback.c
@@ -421,9 +421,6 @@ __writeback_single_inode(struct inode *inode, struct writeback_control *wbc)
* If we're a pdlfush thread, then implement pdflush collision avoidance
* against the entire list.
- * WB_SYNC_HOLD is a hack for sys_sync(): reattach the inode to sb->s_dirty so
- * that it can be located for waiting on in __writeback_single_inode().
- *
* If `bdi' is non-zero then we're being asked to writeback a specific queue.
* This function assumes that the blockdev superblock's inodes are backed by
* a variety of queues, so all inodes are searched. For other superblocks,
@@ -499,10 +496,6 @@ void generic_sync_sb_inodes(struct super_block *sb,
pages_skipped = wbc->pages_skipped;
__writeback_single_inode(inode, wbc);
- if (wbc->sync_mode == WB_SYNC_HOLD) {
- inode->dirtied_when = jiffies;
- list_move(&inode->i_list, &sb->s_dirty);
- }
if (current_is_pdflush())
if (wbc->pages_skipped != pages_skipped) {
@@ -588,8 +581,7 @@ restart:
* writeback and wait upon the filesystem's dirty inodes. The caller will
- * do this in two passes - one to write, and one to wait. WB_SYNC_HOLD is
- * used to park the written inodes on sb->s_dirty for the wait pass.
+ * do this in two passes - one to write, and one to wait.
* A finite limit is set on the number of pages which will be written.
* To prevent infinite livelock of sys_sync().
@@ -600,7 +592,7 @@ restart:
void sync_inodes_sb(struct super_block *sb, int wait)
struct writeback_control wbc = {
- .sync_mode = wait ? WB_SYNC_ALL : WB_SYNC_HOLD,
+ .sync_mode = wait ? WB_SYNC_ALL : WB_SYNC_NONE,
.range_start = 0,
.range_end = LLONG_MAX,
diff --git a/include/linux/writeback.h b/include/linux/writeback.h
index e585657e9831..b93ab389dffb 100644
--- a/include/linux/writeback.h
+++ b/include/linux/writeback.h
@@ -30,7 +30,6 @@ static inline int task_is_pdflush(struct task_struct *task)
enum writeback_sync_modes {
WB_SYNC_NONE, /* Don't wait on anything */
WB_SYNC_ALL, /* Wait on every mapping */
- WB_SYNC_HOLD, /* Hold the inode on sb_dirty for sys_sync() */