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SubjectRe: [RFC][PATCH] problem of cont_prepare_write()
On Mon, 2004-11-22 at 02:46 -0800, Andrew Morton wrote:
> OGAWA Hirofumi <> wrote:
> >
> >
> > status = __block_prepare_write(inode, new_page, zerofrom,
> > PAGE_CACHE_SIZE, get_block);
> > if (status)
> > goto out_unmap;
> > kaddr = kmap_atomic(new_page, KM_USER0);
> > memset(kaddr+zerofrom, 0, PAGE_CACHE_SIZE-zerofrom);
> > flush_dcache_page(new_page);
> > kunmap_atomic(kaddr, KM_USER0);
> > __block_commit_write(inode, new_page,
> > zerofrom, PAGE_CACHE_SIZE);
> > unlock_page(new_page);
> > page_cache_release(new_page);
> > }
> >
> > But until ->commit_write(), kernel doesn't update the ->i_size. Then,
> > if kernel writes out that hole page before updates of ->i_size, dirty
> > flag of buffer_head is cleared in __block_write_full_page(). So hole
> > page was not writed to disk.
> Oh I see. After the above page is unlocked, it's temporarily outside
> i_size.
> Perhaps cont_prepare_write() should look to see if the zerofilled page is
> outside the current i_size and if so, advance i_size to the end of the
> zerofilled page prior to releasing the page lock.

Would it be ok to modify i_size from prepare_write? That would make my
life in NTFS a lot easier... There are cases in NTFS where I need to do
page updates in prepare write that would benefit from an i_size update
as well rather than having to postpone the i_size update to
commit_write. (Note commit_write would still update i_size, too, its
just that prepare write would set i_size to be up to the start of the
write because otherwise you have a potential hole between i_size and the
start of the write and at least on NTFS that causes me a lot of
headaches with resident files and non-resident files with
initialized_size != i_size that I could make a lot easier to deal with
by updating i_size in prepare_write to point to the start of the write.)

> We might need to run mark_inode_dirty() at some stage, or perhaps just rely
> on the caller doing that in ->commit_write().

Slight problem with not running mark_inode_dirty() at this point is that
if commit_write() fails for some reason (-ENOMEM springs to mind)
mark_inode_dirty() may never get run which may cause a problem,
depending on what exactly was done in prepare_write...

Best regards,

Anton Altaparmakov <aia21 at> (replace at with @)
Unix Support, Computing Service, University of Cambridge, CB2 3QH, UK
Linux NTFS maintainer / IRC: #ntfs on

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