On Sat, 2007-09-01 at 01:05 +1000, David Chinner wrote:
> > Trouble is, we'd like to have a sane upper bound on the amount of held
> > locks at any one time, obviously this is just wanting, because a lot of
> > lock chains also depend on the number of online cpus...
> Sure - this is an obvious case where it is valid to take >30 locks at
> once in a single thread. In fact, worst case here we are taking twice this
> number of locks - we actually take 2 per inode (ilock and flock) so a
> full 32 inode cluster free would take >60 locks in the middle of this
> function and we should be busting this depth couter limit all the
I think this started because jeffpc couldn't boot without XFS busting
> Do semaphores (the flush locks) contribute to the lock depth
No, alas, we cannot handle semaphores in lockdep. Semaphores don't have
a strict owner, hence we cannot track them. This is one of the reasons
to rid ourselves of semaphores - that and there are very few cases where
the actual semantics of semaphores are needed. Most of the times code
using semaphores can be expressed with either a mutex or a completion.