[Cluster-devel] [GFS2 PATCH 10/10] gfs2: replace sd_aspace with sd_inode

Bob Peterson rpeterso at redhat.com
Tue Jul 13 19:34:24 UTC 2021

On 7/13/21 1:26 PM, Steven Whitehouse wrote:
> Hi,
> On Tue, 2021-07-13 at 13:09 -0500, Bob Peterson wrote:
>> Before this patch, gfs2 kept its own address space for rgrps, but
>> this
>> caused a lockdep problem because vfs assumes a 1:1 relationship
>> between
>> address spaces and their inode. One problematic area is this:
> I don't think that is the case. The reason that the address space is a
> separate structure in the first place is to allow them to exist without
> an inode. Maybe that has changed, but we should see why that is, in
> that case rather than just making this change immediately.
> I can't see any reason why if we have to have an inode here that it
> needs to be hashed... what would need to look it up via the hashes?
> Steve.

The actual use case, which is easily demonstrated with lockdep, is given
in the patch text shortly after where you placed your comment. This goes
back to this discussion from April 2018:


in which Jan Kara pointed out that:

"The problem is we really do expect mapping->host->i_mapping == mapping as
we pass mapping and inode interchangebly in the mm code. The address_space
and inodes are separate structures because you can have many inodes
pointing to one address space (block devices). However it is not allowed
for several address_spaces to point to one inode!"


Bob Peterson

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