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SubjectRe: [2.6.26 PATCH, RESEND]: fs_stack/eCryptfs: fsstack_copy_* updates
On Fri, 2 May 2008 01:58:05 -0400 Erez Zadok <ezk@cs.sunysb.edu> wrote:

> In message <20080501170819.bdcb9035.akpm@linux-foundation.org>, Andrew Morton writes:
> > On Thu, 1 May 2008 19:44:18 -0400
> > Erez Zadok <ezk@cs.sunysb.edu> wrote:
> [...]
> > i_size is much more important because glitches in there can result in
> > incorrect data being returned from read() and things like that. i_blocks
> > is just a beancounting curiosity.
> >
> > >
> > > 2. I've rewritten your suggested code a bit to reduce stack use. Modulo
> > > having 32-bit spin_lock/unlock variants, do you see any problem with this
> > > code below? My testing of it so far on 32/64-bit SMP/UMP have all
> > > passed.
> > >
> > > void fsstack_copy_inode_size(struct inode *dst, struct inode *src)
> > > {
> > > #if BITS_PER_LONG == 32
> > > blkcnt_t i_blocks;
> > >
> > > spin_lock(&src->i_lock);
> > > i_blocks = src->i_blocks;
> > > spin_unlock(&src->i_lock);
> > > spin_lock(&dst->i_lock);
> > > dst->i_blocks = i_blocks;
> > > spin_unlock(&dst->i_lock);
> > > #else
> > > dst->i_blocks = src->i_blocks;
> > > #endif
> > > i_size_write(dst, i_size_read(src));
> > > }
> >
> > That looks sane, as long as we don't care about i_size-vs-i_blocks
> > coherency.
>
> > However I expect that approximately zero of the sites which modify i_blocks
> > are taking i_lock to do so.
>
> If i_blocks is indeed less important than i_size, then we can live with some
> incoherency b/t i_size and i_blocks, for now. Nevertheless, I propose
> adding this to linux/fs.h:
>
> static inline blkcnt_t i_blocks_read(const struct inode *inode)
> {
> #if BITS_PER_LONG == 32
> blkcnt_t i_blocks;
> spin_lock(&src->i_lock);
> i_blocks = src->i_blocks;
> spin_unlock(&src->i_lock);
> return i_blocks;
> #else
> return src->i_blocks;
> #endif
> }

We actually only need the spinlocked version if blkcnt_t is 64-bit.

So #if BITS_PER_LONG == 32 && defined(CONFIG_LSF), plus explanatory comment.

The spinlocked version will be too large for inlining, I expect.

> and a matching i_blocks_write function.

You'll also need i_blocks_mod() for things like

fs/hpfs/dnode.c: i->i_blocks += 4;

> We can then gradually convert those
> "unsafe" users of i_blocks to use the new i_blocks_read/write helpers.
>
> The nice thing about these two helpers is fsstack_copy_inode_size becomes a
> lot cleaner and more elegant:
>
> void fsstack_copy_inode_size(struct inode *dst, struct inode *src)
> {
> i_blocks_write(dst, i_blocks_read(src));
> i_size_write(dst, i_size_read(src));
> }
>
> And, if we ever wanted to ensure coherency b/t i_blocks and i_size, we'll
> need to create helpers that merge the functionality of i_size_read/write and
> i_blocks_read/write.
>
> What do you think?
>




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