cgroup,writeback: don't switch wbs immediately on dead wbs if the memcg is dead

cgroup writeback tries to refresh the associated wb immediately if the
current wb is dead.  This is to avoid keeping issuing IOs on the stale
wb after memcg - blkcg association has changed (ie. when blkcg got
disabled / enabled higher up in the hierarchy).

Unfortunately, the logic gets triggered spuriously on inodes which are
associated with dead cgroups.  When the logic is triggered on dead
cgroups, the attempt fails only after doing quite a bit of work
allocating and initializing a new wb.

While c3aab9a0bd91 ("mm/filemap.c: don't initiate writeback if mapping
has no dirty pages") alleviated the issue significantly as it now only
triggers when the inode has dirty pages.  However, the condition can
still be triggered before the inode is switched to a different cgroup
and the logic simply doesn't make sense.

Skip the immediate switching if the associated memcg is dying.

This is a simplified version of the following two patches:


Cc: Konstantin Khlebnikov <>
Fixes: e8a7abf5a5bd ("writeback: disassociate inodes from dying bdi_writebacks")
Acked-by: Dennis Zhou <>
Signed-off-by: Tejun Heo <>
Signed-off-by: Jens Axboe <>
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