cvs commit: src/sys/fs/devfs devfs_vnops.c src/sys/fs/fifofs fifo_vnops.c src/sys/kern uipc_usrreq.c vfs_vnops.c src/sys/vm vnode_pager.c

Jeff Roberson jroberson at
Thu Oct 4 18:26:39 PDT 2007

On Thu, 4 Oct 2007, John Baldwin wrote:

> On Wednesday 03 October 2007 07:48:00 pm Jeff Roberson wrote:
>> On Wed, 3 Oct 2007, John Baldwin wrote:
>>> jhb         2007-10-03 21:06:05 UTC
>>>  FreeBSD src repository
>>>  Modified files:        (Branch: RELENG_6)
>>>    sys/fs/devfs         devfs_vnops.c
>>>    sys/fs/fifofs        fifo_vnops.c
>>>    sys/kern             uipc_usrreq.c vfs_vnops.c
>>>    sys/vm               vnode_pager.c
>>>  Log:
>>>  MFC: Always use an exclusive lock on the leaf vnode during an open() when
>>>  shared lookups are enabled.  This closes a few races including a race
> where
>>>  concurrent opens of a fifo could result in different v_fifoinfo
> structures
>>>  in different threads.
>> Long term we should really look for a better solution to this problem.
>> There are a number of was to improve snapshots in ffs by fixing shared
>> locking.
> I don't disagree.  The fifo case can be fixed easily enough in the fifo code
> by using fifo_mtx to protect v_fifoinfo perhaps (or doing an upgrade on the
> vnode lock?), but for the MFC I didn't want to have to fix each of the races
> with open(2).  Probably better to fix it more properly in HEAD first.

Definitely someting for head.  Were there any others that you ran into 
besides v_fifoinfo?  We should audit this more closely anyhow.  I have 
been reluctant to push too much shared locking into VFS because it's not 
been so carefully studied.


> -- 
> John Baldwin

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