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SubjectRe: Direct IO for fat
> On Fri 09-02-07 01:40:31, OGAWA Hirofumi wrote:
> > Jan Kara <jack@suse.cz> writes:
> >
> > >> FAT has to fill the hole completely, but DIO doesn't seems to do.
> > >>
> > >> e.g.
> > >> fd = open("file", O_WRONLY | O_CREAT | O_TRUNC);
> > >> write(fd, buf, 512);
> > >> lseek(fd, 10000, SEEK_SET);
> > >> write(fd, buf, 512);
> > >>
> > >> We need to allocate the blocks on 512 ~ 10000, and fill it with zero.
> > >> However, I think DIO doesn't fill it. If I'm missing something, please
> > >> let me know, I'll kill that check.
> > > I know. DIO doesn't do it. But the point is that if blockdev_direct_IO
> > > finds out it should allocate new blocks, it exits without allocating them.
> > > Then in __generic_file_aio_write_nolock() if we find out that we did not
> > > write everything in generic_file_direct_write(), we just call
> > > generic_file_buffered_write() to write the unwritten part.
> > > Hence, in case you describe above, the second write() finds out that
> > > block is not allocated and eventually everything falls back to calling
> > > generic_file_buffered_write() which calls prepare_write() and everything is
> > > happy.
> >
> > I see. But sorry, I can't see where is preventing it... Finally, I
> > think we do the following on second write(2).
> >
> > This is write, so create == 1, and ->lock_type == DIO_LOCKING,
> > and dio->block_in_file > ->i_size, so DIO callback fat_get_block() with
> > create == 1.
> I think you misread the code - see below.
>
> > Then fat_get_block() seems to allocate block without fill hole,
> > because it can't know caller is prepre_write or not...
> > Well, anyway I'll test it on weekend. Thanks.
> >
> > -> blockdev_direct_IO()
> > -> direct_io_worker()
> > -> do_direct_IO()
> > -> get_more_blocks()
> >
> > create = dio->rw & WRITE;
> Here, create == 1.
>
> > if (dio->lock_type == DIO_LOCKING) {
> > if (dio->block_in_file < (i_size_read(dio->inode) >>
> > dio->blkbits))
> > create = 0;
> But here create was reset back to 0 - exactly because
> dio->block_in_file > i_size...
Obviously, I'm blind and you're right ;) This test is not satisfied
and so create == 1.
But still it would seem better to me to return 0 from fat_direct_IO()
instead of EINVAL so that write falls back to a buffered one, instead
returning the error...

Honza
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Jan Kara <jack@suse.cz>
SuSE CR Labs
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