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SubjectRe: Spurious -EIO when reading a file being written with O_DIRECT?

On Wed, Aug 06, 2003 at 02:42:06PM -0700, Andrew Morton wrote:
> > We were reported a problem where if a file being written in directio mode
> > and being read at the same time (in "normal/buffered" mode), then reading
> > process gets -EIO when near the end of file.
> >
> > Initially I thought this is reiserfs-only problemm and digged in that
> > direction, but then it turned out reiserfs does everything correctly
> > and the VFS itself seems to be racey (my current suspiction is directio
> > process uses get_block() that extends the file <schedule> reading process
> > gets the buffer and submits io, then waits for page to become uptodate
> > <schedule> direct io process unmaps buffer's metadata
> > As a result - that page never becomes uptodate and we get -EIO from do_generic_file_read. )
> > If I take i_sem around call to do_generic_file_read in generic_file_read (in 2.4.21-pre10),
> > that of course helps (this is of course not a correct fix, but just a demonstration
> > that some VFS race is in place).
> > The same problem can be observed on ext2 in both 2.4.21-pre10 and in 2.6.0-test2
> > Attached is test_directio.c program, compile it and run with some filename as argument,
> > immediately start "tail" with same filename and you'd get almost immediate
> > I/O error from tail on 2.4 and you'd get same I/O error in 2.6 only after some more waiting.
> > Is this something known and expected (or may be somebody have a fix already? ;) )?
> Test a current 2.4 kernel - it has lots of redone O_DIRECT-vs-buffered
> locking.

Stupid me.
I mean I tested with 2.4.22-pre10 which is pretty current.
I mean, there were no changes to buffers code in between 2.4.22-pre10 .. 2.4.22-rc1

> A 2.6 forward-port of that was done by Badari but I lost it and need to
> find it again.

Since it did not help 2.4.22 code, I think 2.6.0 won't benefit from it too.
The testcase is really easy and everyone can reproduce the problem easily.

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