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From: Al Viro <viro@zeniv.linux.org.uk>
To: Daniel Xu <dxu@dxuuu.xyz>
Cc: bpf@vger.kernel.org, linux-fsdevel@vger.kernel.org,
	linux-mm@kvack.org, linux-kernel@vger.kernel.org,
	kernel-team@fb.com, jolsa@kernel.org, hannes@cmpxchg.org,
	yhs@fb.com
Subject: Re: [RFC bpf-next 1/1] bpf: Introduce iter_pagecache
Date: Thu, 8 Apr 2021 16:45:37 +0000
Message-ID: <YG8zMV59hSzpCHSn@zeniv-ca.linux.org.uk> (raw)
In-Reply-To: <22bededbd502e0df45326a54b3056941de65a101.1617831474.git.dxu@dxuuu.xyz>

On Wed, Apr 07, 2021 at 02:46:11PM -0700, Daniel Xu wrote:

> +static void fini_seq_pagecache(void *priv_data)
> +{
> +	struct bpf_iter_seq_pagecache_info *info = priv_data;
> +	struct radix_tree_iter iter;
> +	struct super_block *sb;
> +	void **slot;
> +
> +	radix_tree_for_each_slot(slot, &info->superblocks, &iter, 0) {
> +		sb = (struct super_block *)iter.index;
> +		atomic_dec(&sb->s_active);
> +		radix_tree_delete(&info->superblocks, iter.index);
> +	}

... and if in the meanwhile all other contributors to ->s_active have
gone away, that will result in...?

IOW, NAK.  The objects you are playing with have non-trivial lifecycle
and poking into the guts of data structures without bothering to
understand it is not a good idea.

Rule of the thumb: if your code ends up using fields that are otherwise
handled by a small part of codebase, the odds are that you need to be
bloody careful.  In particular, ->ns_lock has 3 users - all in
fs/namespace.c.  ->list/->mnt_list: all users in fs/namespace.c and
fs/pnode.c.  ->s_active: majority in fs/super.c, with several outliers
in filesystems and safety of those is not trivial.

Any time you see that kind of pattern, you are risking to reprise
a scene from The Modern Times - the one with Charlie taking a trip
through the guts of machinery.

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Thread overview: 16+ messages / expand[flat|nested]  mbox.gz  Atom feed  top
2021-04-07 21:46 [RFC bpf-next 0/1] bpf: Add page cache iterator Daniel Xu
2021-04-07 21:46 ` [RFC bpf-next 1/1] bpf: Introduce iter_pagecache Daniel Xu
2021-04-08  6:14   ` Matthew Wilcox
2021-04-08 19:48     ` Daniel Xu
2021-04-08 21:29       ` Matthew Wilcox
2021-04-08  8:19   ` Christian Brauner
2021-04-08 20:44     ` Daniel Xu
2021-04-08 16:45   ` Al Viro [this message]
2021-04-08 20:49     ` Daniel Xu
2021-04-08 21:04       ` Al Viro
2021-04-08 22:11   ` Dave Chinner
2021-04-08  7:51 ` [RFC bpf-next 0/1] bpf: Add page cache iterator Christian Brauner
2021-04-08 16:08   ` Daniel Xu
2021-04-08 21:33 ` Shakeel Butt
2021-04-08 23:13 ` Darrick J. Wong
2021-04-09  0:24   ` Daniel Xu

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