[3.5.y.z,extended,stable] Patch "writeback: put unused inodes to LRU after writeback" has been added to staging queue

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Herton Ronaldo Krzesinski Dec. 10, 2012, 5 p.m.
This is a note to let you know that I have just added a patch titled

    writeback: put unused inodes to LRU after writeback

to the linux-3.5.y-queue branch of the 3.5.y.z extended stable tree 
which can be found at:


If you, or anyone else, feels it should not be added to this tree, please 
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From cb108490fcd75229a8dcefa77682acdbf634b0a5 Mon Sep 17 00:00:00 2001
From: Jan Kara <jack@suse.cz>
Date: Mon, 26 Nov 2012 16:29:51 -0800
Subject: [PATCH] writeback: put unused inodes to LRU after writeback

commit 4eff96dd5283a102e0c1cac95247090be74a38ed upstream.

Commit 169ebd90131b ("writeback: Avoid iput() from flusher thread")
removed iget-iput pair from inode writeback.  As a side effect, inodes
that are dirty during iput_final() call won't be ever added to inode LRU
(iput_final() doesn't add dirty inodes to LRU and later when the inode
is cleaned there's noone to add the inode there).  Thus inodes are
effectively unreclaimable until someone looks them up again.

The practical effect of this bug is limited by the fact that inodes are
pinned by a dentry for long enough that the inode gets cleaned.  But
still the bug can have nasty consequences leading up to OOM conditions
under certain circumstances.  Following can easily reproduce the

  for (( i = 0; i < 1000; i++ )); do
    mkdir $i
    for (( j = 0; j < 1000; j++ )); do
      touch $i/$j
      echo 2 > /proc/sys/vm/drop_caches

then one needs to run 'sync; ls -lR' to make inodes reclaimable again.

We fix the issue by inserting unused clean inodes into the LRU after
writeback finishes in inode_sync_complete().

Signed-off-by: Jan Kara <jack@suse.cz>
Reported-by: OGAWA Hirofumi <hirofumi@mail.parknet.co.jp>
Cc: Al Viro <viro@zeniv.linux.org.uk>
Cc: OGAWA Hirofumi <hirofumi@mail.parknet.co.jp>
Cc: Wu Fengguang <fengguang.wu@intel.com>
Cc: Dave Chinner <david@fromorbit.com>
Signed-off-by: Andrew Morton <akpm@linux-foundation.org>
Signed-off-by: Linus Torvalds <torvalds@linux-foundation.org>
Signed-off-by: Herton Ronaldo Krzesinski <herton.krzesinski@canonical.com>
 fs/fs-writeback.c |    2 ++
 fs/inode.c        |   16 ++++++++++++++--
 fs/internal.h     |    1 +
 3 files changed, 17 insertions(+), 2 deletions(-)



diff --git a/fs/fs-writeback.c b/fs/fs-writeback.c
index e2901ab..bf7e15d 100644
--- a/fs/fs-writeback.c
+++ b/fs/fs-writeback.c
@@ -233,6 +233,8 @@  static void requeue_io(struct inode *inode, struct bdi_writeback *wb)
 static void inode_sync_complete(struct inode *inode)
 	inode->i_state &= ~I_SYNC;
+	/* If inode is clean an unused, put it into LRU now... */
+	inode_add_lru(inode);
 	/* Waiters must see I_SYNC cleared before being woken up */
 	wake_up_bit(&inode->i_state, __I_SYNC);
diff --git a/fs/inode.c b/fs/inode.c
index c99163b..6d5a282 100644
--- a/fs/inode.c
+++ b/fs/inode.c
@@ -408,6 +408,19 @@  static void inode_lru_list_add(struct inode *inode)

+ * Add inode to LRU if needed (inode is unused and clean).
+ *
+ * Needs inode->i_lock held.
+ */
+void inode_add_lru(struct inode *inode)
+	if (!(inode->i_state & (I_DIRTY | I_SYNC | I_FREEING | I_WILL_FREE)) &&
+	    !atomic_read(&inode->i_count) && inode->i_sb->s_flags & MS_ACTIVE)
+		inode_lru_list_add(inode);
 static void inode_lru_list_del(struct inode *inode)
@@ -1390,8 +1403,7 @@  static void iput_final(struct inode *inode)

 	if (!drop && (sb->s_flags & MS_ACTIVE)) {
 		inode->i_state |= I_REFERENCED;
-		if (!(inode->i_state & (I_DIRTY|I_SYNC)))
-			inode_lru_list_add(inode);
+		inode_add_lru(inode);
diff --git a/fs/internal.h b/fs/internal.h
index 18bc216..6445381 100644
--- a/fs/internal.h
+++ b/fs/internal.h
@@ -106,6 +106,7 @@  extern int open_check_o_direct(struct file *f);
  * inode.c
 extern spinlock_t inode_sb_list_lock;
+extern void inode_add_lru(struct inode *inode);

  * fs-writeback.c