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SubjectRe: [PATCH 02/11] vfs: Add better VFS support for page_mkwrite when blocksize < pagesize
On Fri, Jun 26, 2009 at 06:08:51PM +0200, Jan Kara wrote:
> On Fri 26-06-09 14:55:05, Nick Piggin wrote:
> > On Fri, Jun 26, 2009 at 02:21:41PM +0200, Jan Kara wrote:
> > > So if you have any idea how to better solve this, you are welcome ;).
> >
> > Ah thanks, the write(2) case I missed. That does get complex to
> > do with the page lock.
> >
> > I agree with the semantics you are aiming for, and I agree we should
> > not try to allocate blocks when extending i_size.
> >
> > We actually could update i_size after dropping the page lock in
> > these paths. That would give a window where we can page_mkclean
> > the old partial page before the i_size update.
> Yes, that would be fine and make things simpler...

Hopefully.


> > However this does actually require that we remove the partial-page
> > zeroing that writepage does. I think it does it in order to attempt
> > to write zeroes into the fs even if the app does mmaped writes
> > past i_size... but it is pretty dumb anyway really because the
> > behaviour is undefined anyway so there is no problem if weird
> > stuff gets written there (it should be zeroed out when extending
> > the file anyway), and also there is nothing to prevent races of
> > subsequent mmapped writes before the DMA completes.
> We definitely don't zero out the last page when extending the file. But
> if we do it, we should be fine as you write. I'll try to write a patch...
> (I'm on vacation next week though so probably after that).

What I mean is that as of today, write(2) is required to hold page lock
of the page it is operating on if it writes anything past i_size. It
must hold that lock until i_size is extended to include the new data.
If it does not hold the lock, then eg. block_write_full_page can zero
out that data incorrectly

/*
* The page straddles i_size. It must be zeroed out on each and every
* writepage invokation because it may be mmapped. "A file is mapped
* in multiples of the page size. For a file that is not a multiple of
* the page size, the remaining memory is zeroed when mapped, and
* writes to that region are not written out to the file."
*/

But I argue this is bogus anyway because it is completely racy, and
it should be undefined behaviour anyway. So I think it would be fine
to remove it.



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