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    SubjectRe: [PATCH 2.6.2-rc3-mm1] DIO read race fix
    Daniel McNeil <> wrote:
    > I have found (finally) the problem causing DIO reads racing with
    > buffered writes to see uninitialized data on ext3 file systems
    > (which is what I have been testing on).

    What kernel? If -mm, is this the only remaining buffered-vs-direct

    > The problem is caused by the changes to __block_write_page_full()
    > and a race with journaling:
    > journal_commit_transaction() -> ll_rw_block() -> submit_bh()
    > ll_rw_block() locks the buffer, clears buffer dirty and calls
    > submit_bh()
    > A racing __block_write_full_page() (from ext3_ordered_writepage())
    > would see that buffer_dirty() is not set because the i/o
    > is still in flight, so it would not do a bh_submit()
    > It would SetPageWriteback() and unlock_page() and then
    > see that no i/o was submitted and call end_page_writeback()
    > (with the i/o still in flight).
    > This would allow the DIO code to issue the DIO read while buffer writes
    > are still in flight. The i/o can be reordered by i/o scheduling and
    > the DIO can complete BEFORE the writebacks complete. Thus the DIO
    > sees the old uninitialized data.

    ow. How'd you work this out?

    > Here is a quick hack that fixes it, but I am not sure if this the
    > proper long term fix.

    The problem is that ext3 and the VFS are using different paradigms. VFS is
    all page-based, but ext3 is all block-based. One or the other needs to do
    something nasty.

    One approach would be to change the JBD write_out_data_locked loop to use
    block_write_full_page(bh->b_page) instead of buffer_head operations. But
    that could get hairy with blocksize < PAGE_SIZE.

    Thanks for working this out. Let me ponder it for a bit.
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