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SubjectRe: [PATCH 3/4] jbd: abort when failed to log metadata buffers (rebased)
  Hello,

On Fri 16-05-08 19:26:57, Hidehiro Kawai wrote:
> Jan Kara wrote:
>
> > On Wed 14-05-08 13:49:51, Hidehiro Kawai wrote:
> >
> >>Subject: [PATCH 3/4] jbd: abort when failed to log metadata buffers
> >>
> >>If we failed to write metadata buffers to the journal space and
> >>succeeded to write the commit record, stale data can be written
> >>back to the filesystem as metadata in the recovery phase.
> >>
> >>To avoid this, when we failed to write out metadata buffers,
> >>abort the journal before writing the commit record.
> >>
> >>Signed-off-by: Hidehiro Kawai <hidehiro.kawai.ez@hitachi.com>
> >>---
> >> fs/jbd/commit.c | 3 +++
> >> 1 file changed, 3 insertions(+)
> >>
> >>Index: linux-2.6.26-rc2/fs/jbd/commit.c
> >>===================================================================
> >>--- linux-2.6.26-rc2.orig/fs/jbd/commit.c
> >>+++ linux-2.6.26-rc2/fs/jbd/commit.c
> >>@@ -703,6 +703,9 @@ wait_for_iobuf:
> >> __brelse(bh);
> >> }
> >>
> >>+ if (err)
> >>+ journal_abort(journal, err);
> >>+
> >> J_ASSERT (commit_transaction->t_shadow_list == NULL);
> >
> > Shouldn't this rather be further just before
> > journal_write_commit_record()? We should abort also if writing revoke
> > records etc. failed, shouldn't we?
>
> Unlike metadata blocks, each revoke block has a descriptor with the
> sequence number of the commiting transaction. If we failed to write
> a revoke block, there should be an old control block, metadata block,
> or zero-filled block where we tried to write the revoke block.
> In the recovery process, this old invalid block is detected by
> checking its magic number and sequence number, then the transaction
> is ignored even if we have succeeded to write the commit record.
> So I think we don't need to check for errors just after writing
> revoke records.
Yes, I agree that not doing such check will not cause data corruption but
still I think that in case we fail to properly commit a transaction, we
should detect the error and abort the journal...

Honza
--
Jan Kara <jack@suse.cz>
SUSE Labs, CR


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