JFFS2 & NAND failure

Artem B. Bityuckiy dedekind at yandex.ru
Mon Apr 4 08:58:16 EDT 2005

Estelle HAMMACHE wrote:
> Hi everyone,
> it seems there is a problem with jffs2_wbuf_recover and
> the wbuf_sem...
> jffs2_flash_writev
> ** down_write(&c->wbuf_sem);  !!!
> ** __jffs2_flush_wbuf
> **** jffs2_wbuf_recover
> ******  jffs2_block_refile
> ********  nextblock = NULL;
> ******  jffs2_reserve_space_gc
> ********  jffs2_do_reserve_space
> **********  jffs2_erase_pending_blocks
> ************  jffs2_mark_erased_block
> **************  jffs2_flash_read
> ****************  down_read(&c->wbuf_sem); !!!
> I believe that when checking a newly erased block, the
> wbuf should not be used anyway, so this is probably easy to
> correct. Is it ok to create a jffs2_flash_read_nobuf function
> and call it only from jffs2_mark_erased_block ?
Hello Estelle,

I've found that JFFS2 has wbuf problems on SMP again. The reason are the 
changes which were made to fix the deadlock you've spotted.
The wbuf_sem rwsem doesn't help if it is locked after you've read flash 
because by the time you copy data from wbuf it might have been chaneged. 

/* A part of our data is in wbuf at this point */
/* At this point another CPU fills wbuf and flushes it, so in contains 
the wrong data */
memcpy(buf, c->wbuf, len)

I'd prefer not to use jffs2_flash_read() in jffs2_mark_erased_block() 
but to directly read flash since it wbuf anyway must not correspond to a 
newly erased block.

Please, look at the attached patch.

Best Regards,
Artem B. Bityuckiy,
St.-Petersburg, Russia.
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