From a68383a4f7cbfcbc09e096df42bd7bd9ce938ae5 Mon Sep 17 00:00:00 2001
From: Sebastian Andrzej Siewior <>
Date: Mon, 25 Oct 2021 16:49:35 +0200
Subject: [PATCH 058/166] fs/namespace: Boost the mount_lock.lock owner instead
 of spinning on PREEMPT_RT.

The MNT_WRITE_HOLD flag is used to hold back any new writers while the
mount point is about to be made read-only. __mnt_want_write() then loops
with disabled preemption until this flag disappears. Callers of
mnt_hold_writers() (which sets the flag) hold the spinlock_t of
mount_lock (seqlock_t) which disables preemption on !PREEMPT_RT and
ensures the task is not scheduled away so that the spinning side spins
for a long time.

On PREEMPT_RT the spinlock_t does not disable preemption and so it is
possible that the task setting MNT_WRITE_HOLD is preempted by task with
higher priority which then spins infinitely waiting for MNT_WRITE_HOLD
to get removed.

Acquire mount_lock::lock which is held by setter of MNT_WRITE_HOLD. This
will PI-boost the owner and wait until the lock is dropped and which
means that MNT_WRITE_HOLD is cleared again.

Signed-off-by: Sebastian Andrzej Siewior <>
 fs/namespace.c |   20 ++++++++++++++++++--
 1 file changed, 18 insertions(+), 2 deletions(-)

Index: linux-5.15.13-rt26/fs/namespace.c
@ linux-5.15.13-rt26/fs/namespace.c:346 @ int __mnt_want_write(struct vfsmount *m)
 	 * incremented count after it has set MNT_WRITE_HOLD.
-	while (READ_ONCE(mnt->mnt.mnt_flags) & MNT_WRITE_HOLD)
-		cpu_relax();
+	might_lock(&mount_lock.lock);
+	while (READ_ONCE(mnt->mnt.mnt_flags) & MNT_WRITE_HOLD) {
+			cpu_relax();
+		} else {
+			/*
+			 * This prevents priority inversion, if the task
+			 * setting MNT_WRITE_HOLD got preempted on a remote
+			 * CPU, and it prevents life lock if the task setting
+			 * MNT_WRITE_HOLD has a lower priority and is bound to
+			 * the same CPU as the task that is spinning here.
+			 */
+			preempt_enable();
+			lock_mount_hash();
+			unlock_mount_hash();
+			preempt_disable();
+		}
+	}
 	 * After the slowpath clears MNT_WRITE_HOLD, mnt_is_readonly will
 	 * be set to match its requirements. So we must not load that until