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SubjectRe: data loss in 2.6.9-rc1-mm1
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Well, guys, to make it 100% clear: if I apply the Nick's patch to the 
2.6.9-rc1-mm1 tree, it will fix the data loss issue. Is that right?

RJW

On Saturday 28 of August 2004 07:54, Nick Piggin wrote:
> Ram Pai wrote:
> > On Fri, 2004-08-27 at 21:35, Nick Piggin wrote:
> >>Ram Pai wrote:
> >>>got it! Everything got changed to the new convention except that
> >>>the calculation of 'nr' just before the check "nr <= offset" .
> >>>
> >>>I have generated this patch which takes care of that and hence fixes the
> >>>data loss problem as well. I guess it is cleaner too.
> >>>
> >>>This patch is generated w.r.t 2.6.8.1. If everybody blesses this patch I
> >>>will forward it to Andrew.
> >>
> >>It looks like it should be OK... but at what point does it become
> >>simpler to use my patch which just moves the original calculation
> >>up, and does it again if we have to ->readpage()?
> >>
> >>(assuming you agree that it solves the problem)
> >
> > I agree your patch also solves the problem.
> >
> > Either way is fine. Even Hugh's patch almost does the same thing as
> > yours.
>
> Ahh, yep - Hugh just forgot to also move the "nr" calculation
> into the ->readpage path, so it hits twice on the fast path.
>
> > The only advantage with my page is it does the calculation in
> > only one place and does not repeat it. Also I feel its more intuitive to
>
> Well kind of - but you are having to jump through hoops to get there.
> Yours does the following checks:
>
> /* fast path, read nr_pages from pagecache */
> if (!isize)
> goto out;
> for (i = 0; i < nr_pages; i++) {
> if (index > end_index)
> goto out;
> if (index == end_index) {
> nr = ((isize - 1) & ~PAGE_CACHE_MASK) + 1;
> if (nr <= offset) {
> page_cache_release(page);
> goto out;
> }
> }
>
> /* slowpath, ->readpage */
> if (unlikely(!isize || index > end_index)) {
> page_cache_release(page);
> goto out;
> }
> }
>
>
> Mine does:
> if (index > end_index)
> goto out;
> for (i = 0; i < pages_to_read; i++) {
> if (index == end_index) {
> nr = isize & ~PAGE_CACHE_MASK;
> if (nr <= offset)
> goto out;
> }
>
> /* slowpath, ->readpage */
> if (index > end_index) {
> page_cache_release(page);
> goto out;
> }
> if (index == end_index) {
> nr = isize & ~PAGE_CACHE_MASK;
> if (nr <= offset) {
> page_cache_release(page);
> goto out;
> }
> }
> }
>
> So my fastpath is surely leaner, while the slowpath isn't a clear loser.
>
> What's more, it looks like mine handles the corner case of reading off the
> end of a non-PAGE_SIZE file (but within the same page). I think yours will
> drop through and do the ->readpage, while mine doesn't...?
>
> > assume that index 0 covers range 0 to 4095 i.e index n covers range
> > n*PAGE_SIZE to ((n+1)*PAGE_SIZE)-1. Currently the code assumes index 0
> > covers range 1 to 4096 i.e index n covers range (n*PAGE_SIZE)+1 to
> > (n+1)*PAGE_SIZE.
>
> It is definitely a pretty ugly function all round. I like the 0-4095 thing
> better too, but my counter argument to that is that this is the minimal
> change, and similar to how it has previously worked.
>
> > this is the 4th time we are trying to nail down the same thing. We
> > better get it right this time. So any correct patch is ok with me.
>
> I agree. We'll leave it to someone else to decide, then ;)
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