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    SubjectRe: [PATCH-2.5.13] NTFS 2.0.6 Bugfix/adapt to 2.5.12 changes
    At 00:56 05/05/02, Andrew Morton wrote:
    >Anton Altaparmakov wrote:
    > > I have just sent the below NTFS update to Linus for inclusion. Andrew
    > > Morton's changes to 2.5.12 broke NTFS because they added fields to
    > > struct address_space which ntfs obviously wasn't initializing...
    >Sorry about that, Chief. ra_pages, presumably. That's one
    >which *has* to be initialised.

    np, we are in a development kernel after all. (-; It was oopsing in
    ntfs_put_super->truncate_inode_pages->clean_list_pages() with a NULL
    pointer dereference... I didn't investigate further as it was immediately
    obvious what was going wrong once I added a printk in the right place so I
    knew mftbmp_mapping was the problem child.

    >I've added quite a lot of "if you didn't provide one then I'll
    >do the default" code, but that's an interim step - later, all
    >the address_spaces need to be populated with the right stuff.
    > > ...
    > > + /* Initialize the mftbmp address space mapping. */
    > > + INIT_RADIX_TREE(&vol->mftbmp_mapping.page_tree, GFP_ATOMIC);
    > > + rwlock_init(&vol->mftbmp_mapping.page_lock);
    > > + INIT_LIST_HEAD(&vol->mftbmp_mapping.clean_pages);
    > > + INIT_LIST_HEAD(&vol->mftbmp_mapping.dirty_pages);
    > > + INIT_LIST_HEAD(&vol->mftbmp_mapping.locked_pages);
    > > + INIT_LIST_HEAD(&vol->mftbmp_mapping.io_pages);
    > > + vol->mftbmp_mapping.nrpages = 0;
    > > + vol->mftbmp_mapping.a_ops = NULL;
    > > + vol-> = NULL;
    > > + INIT_LIST_HEAD(&vol->mftbmp_mapping.i_mmap);
    > > + INIT_LIST_HEAD(&vol->mftbmp_mapping.i_mmap_shared);
    > > + spin_lock_init(&vol->mftbmp_mapping.i_shared_lock);
    > > + vol->mftbmp_mapping.dirtied_when = 0;
    > > + vol->mftbmp_mapping.gfp_mask = GFP_HIGHUSER;
    >That's all generic code. It's initialising core
    >kernel fields. If should be done in the core kernel.

    Exactly my sentiments! (-:

    >It would be better to split the address_space initialisation
    >parts out of inode_init_once(), and export the new function...

    Yes, I thought about that but the ntfs patch was rather urgent as people
    were reporting hangs and I saw oopses on umount so I wanted to just fix it
    asap without entering in possible discussions of generic code...

    The only problem is that inode_init_once() doesn't set all the above
    because part of the initialization happens in alloc_inode(), so not to
    sacrifice this optimization we would need two inline helpers, one called by
    alloc_inode() and one called by inode_init_once(), and both called by the
    new exported function init_address_space().

    I will whip up a patch and send it for comments...

    Best regards,


    "I've not lost my mind. It's backed up on tape somewhere." - Unknown
    Anton Altaparmakov <aia21 at> (replace at with @)
    Linux NTFS Maintainer / IRC: #ntfs on
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