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SubjectRe: [Lsf10-pc] [LFS/VM TOPIC] Stable pages while IO (was Wrong DIF guard tag on ext2 write)
On Fri 04-06-10 12:30:09, J. Bruce Fields wrote:
> On Fri, Jun 04, 2010 at 06:23:32PM +0200, Jan Kara wrote:
> > On Thu 03-06-10 19:09:52, Boaz Harrosh wrote:
> > > [Topic]
> > > How to not let pages change while in IO
> > >
> > > [Abstract]
> > > As seen in a long thread on the fsdvel scsi mailing lists. Lots of
> > > people have headaches and sleep less nights because individual pages
> > > can change while in IO and/or DMA. Though each one as slightly different
> > > needs, the mechanics look to be the same.
> > Hmm, I don't think it's really about "how to not let pages change" - that
> > is doable by using wait_on_page_writeback() in ->page_mkwrite and
> > ->write_begin.
>
> Will the same work for the NFS server checksumming page data in read
> replies?
Currently it won't. The above relies on the fact that when we clear dirty
page flag in clear_page_dirty_for_io we also write-protect the page.
Moreover I suppose you don't set PageWriteback when serving a content from
a page...
But an elegant way to solve this would IMHO be to do:
lock_page(page);
if (page_mkclean(page))
set_page_dirty(page);
and now you can be sure that until you unlock the page it cannot be
modified because both ->page_mkwrite and ->write_begin need page lock
before they can go and modify a page...
Honza
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Jan Kara <jack@suse.cz>
SUSE Labs, CR


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