svn commit: r187776 - in stable/7/sys: . contrib/pf dev/ath/ath_hal dev/cxgb ufs/ufs

John Baldwin jhb at
Tue Jan 27 08:25:47 PST 2009

Author: jhb
Date: Tue Jan 27 16:25:45 2009
New Revision: 187776

  MFC: Add a comment explaining why the "bufwait" / "dirhash" LOR reported by
  WITNESS will not actually result in a deadlock.

  stable/7/sys/   (props changed)
  stable/7/sys/contrib/pf/   (props changed)
  stable/7/sys/dev/ath/ath_hal/   (props changed)
  stable/7/sys/dev/cxgb/   (props changed)

Modified: stable/7/sys/ufs/ufs/ufs_dirhash.c
--- stable/7/sys/ufs/ufs/ufs_dirhash.c	Tue Jan 27 16:12:19 2009	(r187775)
+++ stable/7/sys/ufs/ufs/ufs_dirhash.c	Tue Jan 27 16:25:45 2009	(r187776)
@@ -126,6 +126,18 @@ static struct mtx	ufsdirhash_mtx;
  * free a dirhash structure that was recycled by ufsdirhash_recycle().
  * The dirhash lock may be held across io operations.
+ *
+ * WITNESS reports a lock order reversal between the "bufwait" lock
+ * and the "dirhash" lock.  However, this specific reversal will not
+ * cause a deadlock.  To get a deadlock, one would have to lock a
+ * buffer followed by the dirhash while a second thread locked a
+ * buffer while holding the dirhash lock.  The second order can happen
+ * under a shared or exclusive vnode lock for the associated directory
+ * in lookup().  The first order, however, can only happen under an
+ * exclusive vnode lock (e.g. unlink(), rename(), etc.).  Thus, for
+ * a thread to be doing a "bufwait" -> "dirhash" order, it has to hold
+ * an exclusive vnode lock.  That exclusive vnode lock will prevent
+ * any other threads from doing a "dirhash" -> "bufwait" order.
 static void

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