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authorTejun Heo <tj@kernel.org>2011-11-21 12:32:23 -0800
committerTejun Heo <tj@kernel.org>2011-11-21 12:32:23 -0800
commit8a32c441c1609f80e55df75422324a1151208f40 (patch)
tree73884b06cc2db3ea155af9a88815bb5105a4473e /mm
parenta0acae0e886d44bd5ce6d2f173c1ace0fcf0d9f6 (diff)
freezer: implement and use kthread_freezable_should_stop()
Writeback and thinkpad_acpi have been using thaw_process() to prevent deadlock between the freezer and kthread_stop(); unfortunately, this is inherently racy - nothing prevents freezing from happening between thaw_process() and kthread_stop(). This patch implements kthread_freezable_should_stop() which enters refrigerator if necessary but is guaranteed to return if kthread_stop() is invoked. Both thaw_process() users are converted to use the new function. Note that this deadlock condition exists for many of freezable kthreads. They need to be converted to use the new should_stop or freezable workqueue. Tested with synthetic test case. Signed-off-by: Tejun Heo <tj@kernel.org> Acked-by: Henrique de Moraes Holschuh <ibm-acpi@hmh.eng.br> Cc: Jens Axboe <axboe@kernel.dk> Cc: Oleg Nesterov <oleg@redhat.com>
Diffstat (limited to 'mm')
1 files changed, 2 insertions, 6 deletions
diff --git a/mm/backing-dev.c b/mm/backing-dev.c
index 71034f41a2b..7ba8feae11b 100644
--- a/mm/backing-dev.c
+++ b/mm/backing-dev.c
@@ -600,14 +600,10 @@ static void bdi_wb_shutdown(struct backing_dev_info *bdi)
* Finally, kill the kernel thread. We don't need to be RCU
- * safe anymore, since the bdi is gone from visibility. Force
- * unfreeze of the thread before calling kthread_stop(), otherwise
- * it would never exet if it is currently stuck in the refrigerator.
+ * safe anymore, since the bdi is gone from visibility.
- if (bdi->wb.task) {
- thaw_process(bdi->wb.task);
+ if (bdi->wb.task)
- }