JFFS2: BUG: sleeping function called from invalid context

Artem Bityutskiy dedekind at infradead.org
Tue Mar 20 14:01:37 EDT 2007

On Tue, 2007-03-20 at 12:51 +0200, Adrian Hunter wrote:
> BUG: sleeping function called from invalid context at include/linux/writeback.h:76
> in_atomic():1, irqs_disabled():0
> 2 locks held by jffs2_gcd_mtd0/5710:
>  #0:  (&c->wbuf_sem){----}, at: [<f8b09814>] jffs2_flash_writev+0x67/0x5c0 [jffs2]
>  #1:  (&c->erase_completion_lock){--..}, at: [<f8b085f8>] jffs2_wbuf_recover+0xb03/0x11f1 [jffs2]
>  [<c01040df>] show_trace_log_lvl+0x1a/0x30
>  [<c0104806>] show_trace+0x12/0x14
>  [<c01048aa>] dump_stack+0x16/0x18
>  [<c011cee4>] __might_sleep+0xb8/0xcb
>  [<c0181ed9>] ifind_fast+0x48/0x86
>  [<c01821d9>] iget_locked+0x2a/0x133
>  [<f8b06713>] jffs2_gc_fetch_inode+0x18e/0x229 [jffs2]
>  [<f8b08853>] jffs2_wbuf_recover+0xd5e/0x11f1 [jffs2]
>  [<f8b0909c>] __jffs2_flush_wbuf+0x3b6/0x791 [jffs2]
>  [<f8b09b14>] jffs2_flash_writev+0x367/0x5c0 [jffs2]
>  [<f8afb59f>] jffs2_write_dnode+0x180/0x403 [jffs2]
>  [<f8b02626>] jffs2_garbage_collect_dnode+0x7d3/0x8cd [jffs2]
>  [<f8b004b8>] jffs2_garbage_collect_live+0x242/0x31e [jffs2]
>  [<f8b00148>] jffs2_garbage_collect_pass+0x99b/0xac9 [jffs2]
>  [<f8b04ad7>] jffs2_garbage_collect_thread+0x341/0x396 [jffs2]
>  [<c0103d53>] kernel_thread_helper+0x7/0x14
>  =======================

This function seems to be completely broken. JFF2 calls iget() while
holding c->erase_completion_lock spinlock. This is one problem. Iget can

The other one is that JFFS2 calls jffs2_gc_fetch_inode() while holding
c->alloc_sem and c->wbuf_sem semaphores. What happens if JFFS2 races
with pdflush, and pdflush wins, clears inode, then VFS calls
read_inode() to satisfy JFFS2's iget() request. It is a _deadlock_
because the in read_inode JFFS2 will try to lock the above semaphores

The wbuf recovery function has to be re-worked or just disabled -
because returning error is better then fall into a deadlock.

comments, ideas?

Best regards,
Artem Bityutskiy (Битюцкий Артём)

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