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Subject[RFC][PATCH] set_page_buffer_dirty should skip unmapped buffers
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Hi Andrew,

I have been running into following bug while running fsx
tests on 1k (ext3) filesystem all the time.

----------- [cut here ] --------- [please bite here ] ---------
Kernel BUG at fs/buffer.c:2791
invalid opcode: 0000 [1] SMP
Its complaining about BUG_ON(!buffer_mapped(bh)).

It was hard to track it down, needed lots of debug - but here
is the problem & fix. Since the fix is in __set_page_buffer_dirty()
code - I am wondering how it would effect others :(

With this fix fsx tests ran for more than 16 hours (and still
running).

Please let me know, what you think.

Thanks,
Badari

Patch to fix: Kernel BUG at fs/buffer.c:2791
on 1k (2k) filesystems while running fsx.

journal_commit_transaction collects lots of dirty buffer from
and does a single ll_rw_block() to write them out. ll_rw_block()
locks the buffer and checks to see if they are dirty and submits
them for IO.

In the mean while, journal_unmap_buffers() as part of
truncate can unmap the buffer and throw it away. Since its
a 1k (2k) filesystem - each page (4k) will have more than
one buffer_head attached to the page and and we can't free
up buffer_heads attached to the page (if we are not
invalidating the whole page).

Now, any call to set_page_dirty() (like msync_interval)
could end up setting all the buffer heads attached to
this page again dirty, including the ones those got
cleaned up :(

If ll_rw_block() runs now and sees the dirty bit it does
submit_bh() on those buffer_heads and triggers the assert.

Fix is to check if the buffer is mapped before setting its
dirty bit in __set_page_dirty_buffers().

Signed-off-by: Badari Pulavarty <pbadari@us.ibm.com>
---
fs/buffer.c | 8 +++++++-
1 file changed, 7 insertions(+), 1 deletion(-)
Index: linux-2.6.18-rc5/fs/buffer.c
===================================================================
--- linux-2.6.18-rc5.orig/fs/buffer.c 2006-09-01 08:20:51.000000000 -0700
+++ linux-2.6.18-rc5/fs/buffer.c 2006-09-01 08:41:01.000000000 -0700
@@ -846,7 +846,13 @@ int __set_page_dirty_buffers(struct page
struct buffer_head *bh = head;

do {
- set_buffer_dirty(bh);
+ /*
+ * Its possible that, not all buffers attached to
+ * this page are mapped (cleaned up by truncate).
+ * If so, skip them.
+ */
+ if (buffer_mapped(bh))
+ set_buffer_dirty(bh);
bh = bh->b_this_page;
} while (bh != head);
}

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