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SubjectRe: [PATCH] [13/16] HWPOISON: The high level memory error handler in the VM v5
On Tue, Jun 09, 2009 at 11:51:55AM +0200, Nick Piggin wrote:
> On Wed, Jun 03, 2009 at 08:46:47PM +0200, Andi Kleen wrote:
> > +static int me_pagecache_clean(struct page *p, unsigned long pfn)
> > +{
> > + struct address_space *mapping;
> > +
> > + if (!isolate_lru_page(p))
> > + page_cache_release(p);
> > +
> > + /*
> > + * Now truncate the page in the page cache. This is really
> > + * more like a "temporary hole punch"
> > + * Don't do this for block devices when someone else
> > + * has a reference, because it could be file system metadata
> > + * and that's not safe to truncate.
> > + */
> > + mapping = page_mapping(p);
> > + if (mapping && S_ISBLK(mapping->host->i_mode) && page_count(p) > 1) {
> > + printk(KERN_ERR
> > + "MCE %#lx: page looks like a unsupported file system metadata page\n",
> > + pfn);
> > + return FAILED;
> > + }
>
> page_count check is racy. Hmm, S_ISBLK should handle xfs's private mapping.
> AFAIK btrfs has a similar private mapping but a quick grep does not show
> up S_IFBLK anywhere, so I don't know what the situation is there.
>
> Unfortunately though, the linear mapping is not the only metadata mapping
> a filesystem might have. Many work on directories in seperate mappings
> (ext2, for example, which is where I first looked and will still oops with
> your check).
>
> Also, others may have other interesting inodes they use for metadata. Do
> any of them go through the pagecache? I dont know. The ext3 journal,
> for example? How does that work?
>
> Unfortunately I don't know a good way to detect regular data mappings
> easily. Ccing linux-fsdevel. Until that is worked out, you'd need to
> use the safe pagecache invalidate rather than unsafe truncate.

Maybe just testing S_ISREG would be better. Definitely safer than
ISBLK.

Note that for !ISREG files, then you can still attempt the
non-destructive invalidate (after extracting a suitable function
similarly to the truncate one). Most likely the fs is not using
the page right now, so it should give bit more coverage.

I still don't exactly know about, say, ext3 journal. Probably
it doesn't use pagecache anyway. Do any other filesystems do
crazy things with S_ISREG files? They probably deserve to oops
if they do ;)



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