From: Coly Li <>

[ Upstream commit 99361bbf26337186f02561109c17a4c4b1a7536a ]

Kernel thread routine bch_writeback_thread() has the following code block,

447         down_write(&dc->writeback_lock);
448~450     if (check conditions) {
451                 up_write(&dc->writeback_lock);
452                 set_current_state(TASK_INTERRUPTIBLE);
454                 if (kthread_should_stop())
455                         return 0;
457                 schedule();
458                 continue;
459         }

If condition check is true, its task state is set to TASK_INTERRUPTIBLE
and call schedule() to wait for others to wake up it.

There are 2 issues in current code,
1, Task state is set to TASK_INTERRUPTIBLE after the condition checks, if
   another process changes the condition and call wake_up_process(dc->
   writeback_thread), then at line 452 task state is set back to
   TASK_INTERRUPTIBLE, the writeback kernel thread will lose a chance to be
   waken up.
2, At line 454 if kthread_should_stop() is true, writeback kernel thread
   will return to kernel/kthread.c:kthread() with TASK_INTERRUPTIBLE and
   call do_exit(). It is not good to enter do_exit() with task state
   TASK_INTERRUPTIBLE, in following code path might_sleep() is called and a
   warning message is reported by __might_sleep(): "WARNING: do not call
   blocking ops when !TASK_RUNNING; state=1 set at [xxxx]".

For the first issue, task state should be set before condition checks.
Ineed because dc->writeback_lock is required when modifying all the
conditions, calling set_current_state() inside code block where dc->
writeback_lock is hold is safe. But this is quite implicit, so I still move
set_current_state() before all the condition checks.

For the second issue, frankley speaking it does not hurt when kernel thread
exits with TASK_INTERRUPTIBLE state, but this warning message scares users,
makes them feel there might be something risky with bcache and hurt their
data.  Setting task state to TASK_RUNNING before returning fixes this

In alloc.c:allocator_wait(), there is also a similar issue, and is also
fixed in this patch.

v3: merge two similar fixes into one patch
v2: fix the race issue in v1 patch.
v1: initial buggy fix.

Signed-off-by: Coly Li <>
Reviewed-by: Hannes Reinecke <>
Reviewed-by: Michael Lyle <>
Cc: Michael Lyle <>
Cc: Junhui Tang <>
Signed-off-by: Jens Axboe <>
Signed-off-by: Sasha Levin <>
 drivers/md/bcache/alloc.c     | 4 +++-
 drivers/md/bcache/writeback.c | 7 +++++--
 2 files changed, 8 insertions(+), 3 deletions(-)

diff --git a/drivers/md/bcache/alloc.c b/drivers/md/bcache/alloc.c
index 4d46f2ce606f..3263658ccedb 100644
--- a/drivers/md/bcache/alloc.c
+++ b/drivers/md/bcache/alloc.c
@@ -285,8 +285,10 @@ do {                                                       
                        break;                                          \
                mutex_unlock(&(ca)->set->bucket_lock);                  \
-               if (kthread_should_stop())                              \
+               if (kthread_should_stop()) {                            \
+                       set_current_state(TASK_RUNNING);                \
                        return 0;                                       \
+               }                                                       \
                try_to_freeze();                                        \
                schedule();                                             \
diff --git a/drivers/md/bcache/writeback.c b/drivers/md/bcache/writeback.c
index bbb1dc9e1639..4639270bf99b 100644
--- a/drivers/md/bcache/writeback.c
+++ b/drivers/md/bcache/writeback.c
@@ -425,19 +425,22 @@ static int bch_writeback_thread(void *arg)
        while (!kthread_should_stop()) {
+               set_current_state(TASK_INTERRUPTIBLE);
                if (!atomic_read(&dc->has_dirty) ||
                    (!test_bit(BCACHE_DEV_DETACHING, &dc->disk.flags) &&
                     !dc->writeback_running)) {
-                       set_current_state(TASK_INTERRUPTIBLE);
-                       if (kthread_should_stop())
+                       if (kthread_should_stop()) {
+                               set_current_state(TASK_RUNNING);
                                return 0;
+                       }
+               set_current_state(TASK_RUNNING);
                searched_full_index = refill_dirty(dc);

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