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Subjectpage_mkwrite vs pte dirty race in fb_defio
Hi,

I couldn't find where this patch (49bbd815fd8) was discussed, so I'll
make my own thread. Adding a few lists to cc because it might be of
interest to driver and filesystem writers.

The old ->page_mkwrite calling convention was causing problems exactly
because of this race, and we solved it by allowing page_mkwrite to
return with the page locked, and the lock will be held until the
pte is marked dirty. See commit b827e496c893de0c0f142abfaeb8730a2fd6b37f.

I hope that should provide a more elegant solution to your problem. I
would really like you to take a look at that, because we already have
filesystem code (NFS) relying on it, and more code we have relying on
this synchronization, the more chance we would find a subtle problem
with it (also it should be just nicer).

Thanks,
Nick



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