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SubjectRe: [NFS] blocks of zeros (NULLs) in NFS files in kernels >= 2.6.20

On Sep 08 05:15 PM, Chuck Lever wrote:
> I think I saw some recent work in Trond's development branch that
> makes some changes in this area. I will wait for him to respond to
> this thread.

One other piece of information.

Of the bisected offending commit:

commit e261f51f25b98c213e0b3d7f2109b117d714f69d
Author: Trond Myklebust <>
Date: Tue Dec 5 00:35:41 2006 -0500

NFS: Make nfs_updatepage() mark the page as dirty.

This will ensure that we can call set_page_writeback() from within
nfs_writepage(), which is always called with the page lock set.

Signed-off-by: Trond Myklebust <>

It seems to be this hunk which introduces the problem:

@@ -628,7 +667,6 @@ static struct nfs_page * nfs_update_request(struct nfs_open_context* ctx,
return ERR_PTR(error);
- nfs_mark_request_dirty(new);
return new;

If I add that function call back in... the problem disappears. I don't
know if this just papers over the real problem though?


Aaron Straus
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