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SubjectRe: O_DIRECT wierd behavior..

On Sun, 16 Dec 2001, Andrew Morton wrote:
> GOTO Masanori wrote:
> > At Sat, 15 Dec 2001 21:59:06 -0800,
> > Andrew Morton wrote:
> > ...
> > > --- linux-2.4.17-rc1/mm/filemap.c Thu Dec 13 14:07:55 2001
> > > +++ linux-akpm/mm/filemap.c Sat Dec 15 21:52:06 2001
> > > @@ -3038,8 +3038,11 @@ unlock:
> > > /* For now, when the user asks for O_SYNC, we'll actually
> > > * provide O_DSYNC. */
> > > if (status >= 0) {
> > > - if ((file->f_flags & O_SYNC) || IS_SYNC(inode))
> > > + if ((file->f_flags & O_SYNC) || IS_SYNC(inode)) {
> > > status = generic_osync_inode(inode, OSYNC_METADATA|OSYNC_DATA);
> > > + if (status < 0)
> > > + written = 0; /* Return the right thing */
> > > + }
> > > }
> >
> > Right. If generic_osync_inode returns error, it must be needed.
> > This patch seems ok than my patch...
>
> Actually, I preferred your approach :)
>
> Also, note how if ->commit_write() or ->prepare_write() return an
> error, and we have already written some data, the function returns the
> number of bytes written and no indication that there was an error.
> According to the write(2) manpage, that's wrong.
>
> Probably it is sufficient to make `written' a signed quantity and to
> do:
>
> out_status:
> - err = written ? written : status;
> + err = status ? status : written;
>
> I think that fixes the five or six bugs we've found so far in this
> function. err.. make that six or seven. What is it trying do if
> ->prepare_write() returns a non-zero, positive value?
>
> It needs a big spring-clean. I'm afraid I don't have time to do that
> for several days.

Thanks for the patches. There seems to be one more fix required: the test
program below works in 2.4.16 only if the write size is a multiple of 4K.
(Why) are all writes expected to be page size, in addition to being page
aligned? (It works fine on 2.4.2 for all sizes). Any quick fixes? :)

--suresh

#include <stdio.h>
#include <stdlib.h>
#include <fcntl.h>
#include <sys/stat.h>
#include <sys/types.h>
#include <unistd.h>

#define O_DIRECT 040000 /* direct disk access hint */
int main()
{
char *buf;
int fd;
buf = valloc(16384);
fd = open("/tmp/blah", O_CREAT | O_RDWR | O_DIRECT, 0755 );
printf("write returns %i\n", write(fd, buf, 4096));

return 0;
}

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