Commit 1316d4da authored by Dave Chinner's avatar Dave Chinner Committed by Alex Elder
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xfs: unpin stale inodes directly in IOP_COMMITTED

When inodes are marked stale in a transaction, they are treated
specially when the inode log item is being inserted into the AIL.
It tries to avoid moving the log item forward in the AIL due to a
race condition with the writing the underlying buffer back to disk.
The was "fixed" in commit de25c181

 ("xfs: avoid moving stale inodes
in the AIL").

To avoid moving the item forward, we return a LSN smaller than the
commit_lsn of the completing transaction, thereby trying to trick
the commit code into not moving the inode forward at all. I'm not
sure this ever worked as intended - it assumes the inode is already
in the AIL, but I don't think the returned LSN would have been small
enough to prevent moving the inode. It appears that the reason it
worked is that the lower LSN of the inodes meant they were inserted
into the AIL and flushed before the inode buffer (which was moved to
the commit_lsn of the transaction).

The big problem is that with delayed logging, the returning of the
different LSN means insertion takes the slow, non-bulk path.  Worse
yet is that insertion is to a position -before- the commit_lsn so it
is doing a AIL traversal on every insertion, and has to walk over
all the items that have already been inserted into the AIL. It's

To compound the matter further, with delayed logging inodes are
likely to go from clean to stale in a single checkpoint, which means
they aren't even in the AIL at all when we come across them at AIL
insertion time. Hence these were all getting inserted into the AIL
when they simply do not need to be as inodes marked XFS_ISTALE are
never written back.

Transactional/recovery integrity is maintained in this case by the
other items in the unlink transaction that were modified (e.g. the
AGI btree blocks) and committed in the same checkpoint.

So to fix this, simply unpin the stale inodes directly in
xfs_inode_item_committed() and return -1 to indicate that the AIL
insertion code does not need to do any further processing of these
Signed-off-by: default avatarDave Chinner <>
Reviewed-by: default avatarChristoph Hellwig <>
Signed-off-by: default avatarAlex Elder <>
parent 4a338212
......@@ -681,15 +681,15 @@ xfs_inode_item_unlock(
* where the cluster buffer may be unpinned before the inode is inserted into
* the AIL during transaction committed processing. If the buffer is unpinned
* before the inode item has been committed and inserted, then it is possible
* for the buffer to be written and IO completions before the inode is inserted
* for the buffer to be written and IO completes before the inode is inserted
* into the AIL. In that case, we'd be inserting a clean, stale inode into the
* AIL which will never get removed. It will, however, get reclaimed which
* triggers an assert in xfs_inode_free() complaining about freein an inode
* still in the AIL.
* To avoid this, return a lower LSN than the one passed in so that the
* transaction committed code will not move the inode forward in the AIL but
* will still unpin it properly.
* To avoid this, just unpin the inode directly and return a LSN of -1 so the
* transaction committed code knows that it does not need to do any further
* processing on the item.
STATIC xfs_lsn_t
......@@ -699,8 +699,10 @@ xfs_inode_item_committed(
struct xfs_inode_log_item *iip = INODE_ITEM(lip);
struct xfs_inode *ip = iip->ili_inode;
if (xfs_iflags_test(ip, XFS_ISTALE))
return lsn - 1;
if (xfs_iflags_test(ip, XFS_ISTALE)) {
xfs_inode_item_unpin(lip, 0);
return -1;
return lsn;
......@@ -1361,7 +1361,7 @@ xfs_trans_item_committed(
lip->li_flags |= XFS_LI_ABORTED;
item_lsn = IOP_COMMITTED(lip, commit_lsn);
/* If the committed routine returns -1, item has been freed. */
/* item_lsn of -1 means the item needs no further processing */
if (XFS_LSN_CMP(item_lsn, (xfs_lsn_t)-1) == 0)
......@@ -1474,7 +1474,7 @@ xfs_trans_committed_bulk(
lip->li_flags |= XFS_LI_ABORTED;
item_lsn = IOP_COMMITTED(lip, commit_lsn);
/* item_lsn of -1 means the item was freed */
/* item_lsn of -1 means the item needs no further processing */
if (XFS_LSN_CMP(item_lsn, (xfs_lsn_t)-1) == 0)
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