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SubjectRe: [patch 7/7] fs: fix or note I_DIRTY handling bugs in filesystems
On Wed, Nov 24, 2010 at 01:06:17AM +1100, npiggin@kernel.dk wrote:
> Comments?

How did you test the changes?

> +++ linux-2.6/fs/xfs/linux-2.6/xfs_file.c 2010-11-24 00:08:03.000000000 +1100
> @@ -99,6 +99,7 @@ xfs_file_fsync(
> struct xfs_trans *tp;
> int error = 0;
> int log_flushed = 0;
> + unsigned dirty, mask;
>
> trace_xfs_file_fsync(ip);
>
> @@ -132,9 +133,16 @@ xfs_file_fsync(
> * might gets cleared when the inode gets written out via the AIL
> * or xfs_iflush_cluster.
> */
> - if (((inode->i_state & I_DIRTY_DATASYNC) ||
> - ((inode->i_state & I_DIRTY_SYNC) && !datasync)) &&
> - ip->i_update_core) {
> + spin_lock(&inode_lock);
> + inode_writeback_begin(inode, 1);
> + if (datasync)
> + mask = I_DIRTY_DATASYNC;
> + else
> + mask = I_DIRTY_SYNC | I_DIRTY_DATASYNC;
> + dirty = inode->i_state & mask;
> + inode->i_state &= ~mask;
> + spin_unlock(&inode_lock);
> + if (dirty && ip->i_update_core) {

It looks to me like the pattern "inode_writeback_begin(); get dirty
state from i_state" repeated for each filesystem is wrong. The
inode_writeback_begin() helper does this:

inode->i_state &= ~I_DIRTY;

which clears all the dirty bits from the i_state, which means the
followup:

dirty = inode->i_state & mask;

will always result in a zero value for dirty. IOWs, this seems to
ensure that ->fsync never sees dirty inodes anymore. This will break
fsync on XFS, and probably on all the other filesystems you modified
to use this pattern as well.

Also, I think the pattern is racy with respect to concurrent page
cache dirtiers. i.e if the inode was dirtied between writeback and
->fsync() in vfs_fsync_range(), then this new code clears the
I_DIRTY_PAGES bit in i_state without writing back the dirty pages.

And FWIW, I'm not sure that we want to be propagating the inode_lock
into every filesystem...

Cheers,

Dave.
--
Dave Chinner
david@fromorbit.com


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