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mm: ashmem: fix deadlock when system is low on memory

When system is low on memory, allocating memory while holding the
ashmem_mutex may try to directly reclaim memory. Then ashmem_shrink()
is called in same thread. It will deadlock at acquiring ashmem_mutex.
This change lets ashmem_shrink() return failure if ashmem_mutex is not
available. Memory will be reclaimed from others.

Change-Id: I3b6024d5477d37245f4ebde6d7069fb77af789ee
Signed-off-by: Yuanyuan Zhong <>
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1 parent 5478e60 commit c16fbad6bf145527fb1b1f97e475265f3c16d63a Yuanyuan Zhong committed with Jul 2, 2011
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  1. +2 −1 mm/ashmem.c
@@ -361,7 +361,8 @@ static int ashmem_shrink(struct shrinker *s, int nr_to_scan, gfp_t gfp_mask)
if (!nr_to_scan)
return lru_count;
- mutex_lock(&ashmem_mutex);
+ if (!mutex_trylock(&ashmem_mutex))
+ return -1;
list_for_each_entry_safe(range, next, &ashmem_lru_list, lru) {
struct inode *inode = range->asma->file->f_dentry->d_inode;
loff_t start = range->pgstart * PAGE_SIZE;

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