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SubjectRe: UBIFS assert failed in ubifs_dirty_inode
Matt Mackall wrote:
> On Tue, 2010-01-26 at 20:44 -0500, Jeff Angielski wrote:
>> Artem Bityutskiy wrote:
>>> On Mon, 2010-01-25 at 23:48 -0600, Matt Mackall wrote:
>>>> Hmm. I'd just as soon drop it entirely. Here's a patch. Herbert, you
>>>> want to send this through your crypto tree?
>>>>
>>>>
>>>> random: drop weird m_time/a_time manipulation
>>>>
>>>> No other driver does anything remotely like this that I know of except
>>>> for the tty drivers, and I can't see any reason for random/urandom to do
>>>> it. In fact, it's a (trivial, harmless) timing information leak. And
>>>> obviously, it generates power- and flash-cycle wasting I/O, especially
>>>> if combined with something like hwrngd. Also, it breaks ubifs's
>>>> expectations.
>>>>
>>>> Signed-off-by: Matt Mackall <mpm@selenic.com>
>>>>
>>>> diff -r 29db0c391ce8 drivers/char/random.c
>>>> --- a/drivers/char/random.c Sun Jan 17 11:01:16 2010 -0800
>>>> +++ b/drivers/char/random.c Mon Jan 25 23:32:00 2010 -0600
>>>> @@ -1051,12 +1051,6 @@
>>>> /* like a named pipe */
>>>> }
>>>>
>>>> - /*
>>>> - * If we gave the user some bytes, update the access time.
>>>> - */
>>>> - if (count)
>>>> - file_accessed(file);
>>>> -
>>>> return (count ? count : retval);
>>>> }
>>>>
>>>> @@ -1116,8 +1110,6 @@
>>>> if (ret)
>>>> return ret;
>>>>
>>>> - inode->i_mtime = current_fs_time(inode->i_sb);
>>>> - mark_inode_dirty(inode);
>>>> return (ssize_t)count;
>>>> }
>>> It may brake other FSes expectations, theoretically, as well.
>>>
>>> Anyway, I'm perfectly fine if this is removed.
>>>
>>> Jeff, could you please try Matt's patch and report back if you still
>>> have issues or not. If no, you can use this as a temporary work-around
>>> until a proper fix hits upstream or ubifs-2.6.git.
>> Matt's patch did not compile as written. I tried to implement what I
>> think he was trying to do and created this patch (it seems to match the
>> guts of what inode_setattr() was looking for):
>>
>>
>> diff --git a/drivers/char/random.c b/drivers/char/random.c
>> index 8258982..70f16c7 100644
>> --- a/drivers/char/random.c
>> +++ b/drivers/char/random.c
>> @@ -1108,6 +1108,7 @@ static ssize_t random_write(struct file *file,
>> const char __user *buffer,
>> {
>> size_t ret;
>> struct inode *inode = file->f_path.dentry->d_inode;
>> + struct iattr attr;
>>
>> ret = write_pool(&blocking_pool, buffer, count);
>> if (ret)
>> @@ -1116,8 +1117,12 @@ static ssize_t random_write(struct file *file,
>> const char __user *buffer,
>> if (ret)
>> return ret;
>>
>> - inode->i_mtime = current_fs_time(inode->i_sb);
>> - mark_inode_dirty(inode);
>> + attr.ia_mtime = current_fs_time(inode->i_sb);
>> + attr.ia_valid = ATTR_MTIME;
>> + ret = inode_setattr(inode, &attr);
>> + if (ret)
>> + return ret;
>> +
>> return (ssize_t)count;
>> }
>>
>> However, this patch does not fix the problem. I still see the same
>> errors. Matt, is this what you were trying to do?
>
> That doesn't look anything like my patch? And mine was test compiled.

Ahh, you would be right. I mixed up authors. My bad. ;)

Matt's patch that removes the offending code works fine.

Artem's patch that tries to fix the offending code (and does not compile
as posted) does not work.


--
Jeff Angielski
The PTR Group
www.theptrgroup.com


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