Re: Deadlock on the mm->mmap_sem

Andrea Arcangeli (
Thu, 20 Sep 2001 20:24:36 +0200

On Thu, Sep 20, 2001 at 10:57:08AM +0000, Studierende der Universitaet des Saarlandes wrote:
> * A fair, recursive mmap_sem (a task that already owns the mmap_sem can
> acquire it again without deadlocking, all other cases are fair). That's
> what Andrea proposes. (Andrea, is that correct?)


> elf_core_dump should call down_write to prevent concurrent expand_stack

expand_stack doesn't need the write sem, see the locking comments in the
00_silent-stack-overflow patch in -aa.

> calls, and acquire the pagetable_lock around some lines (right now it
> walks the page tables without locking). I'll check the other coredump

Also expand_stack needs the page_table_lock, that's ok.

> I'll write a patch that moves the locking into the coredump handlers,
> then we can compare that with Andrea's proposal.


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