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SubjectRe: Did immutable bvecs accidentally break stable page writes?
On Thu 19-09-13 10:40:30, Mel Gorman wrote:
> On Thu, Sep 19, 2013 at 10:32:50AM +0100, Mel Gorman wrote:
> > Commit ffecfd1a (block: optionally snapshot page contents to provide
> > stable pages during write) uses bounce buffers for stable page writes in
> > jbd and ext3. Simplistically, __blk_queue_bounce takes a force parameter
> > that is used when pages must be snapshot.
> >
> > Commit 6bc454d1 (bounce: Refactor __blk_queue_bounce to not use
> > bi_io_vec) refactored __blk_queue_bounce and now the start of the
> > function looks like this
> >
> > static void __blk_queue_bounce(struct request_queue *q, struct bio **bio_orig,
> > mempool_t *pool, int force)
> > {
> > struct bio *bio;
> > int rw = bio_data_dir(*bio_orig);
> > struct bio_vec *to, *from;
> > unsigned i;
> >
> > bio_for_each_segment(from, *bio_orig, i)
> > if (page_to_pfn(from->bv_page) > queue_bounce_pfn(q))
> > goto bounce;
> >
> > return;
> > bounce:
> > bio = bio_clone_bioset(*bio_orig, GFP_NOIO, fs_bio_set);
> >
> > bio_for_each_segment_all(to, bio, i) {
> > struct page *page = to->bv_page;
> >
> > if (page_to_pfn(page) <= queue_bounce_pfn(q) && !force)
> > continue;
> >
> > Note that the first bio_for_each_segment is completely ignoring the
> > force parameter and hence snapshotting. This is particularly problematic
> > for ext3 which forces the use of MS_SNAP_STABLE.
> >
>
> Which of course is no longer a problem for ext3 after commit 71368511
> ("mm: make snapshotting pages for stable writes a per-bio operation). The
> folly of looking at a commit in isolation! I'm still curious why the force
> parameter is ignored when stable writes are required though.
This really looks like a bug to me. Since stable pages are currently
required only for drives supporting DIF/DIX noone has likely noticed. But
still we should fix that.

Honza

PS: As an unrelated note first 8 digits of the commit SHA are not unique
for that commit. Time to switch to longer prefixes? :)
--
Jan Kara <jack@suse.cz>
SUSE Labs, CR


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