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Subject[PATCH 3.10 011/123] fs: make cont_expand_zero interruptible
3.10-stable review patch.  If anyone has any objections, please let me know.


From: Mikulas Patocka <>

commit c2ca0fcd202863b14bd041a7fece2e789926c225 upstream.

This patch makes it possible to kill a process looping in
cont_expand_zero. A process may spend a lot of time in this function, so
it is desirable to be able to kill it.

It happened to me that I wanted to copy a piece data from the disk to a
file. By mistake, I used the "seek" parameter to dd instead of "skip". Due
to the "seek" parameter, dd attempted to extend the file and became stuck
doing so - the only possibility was to reset the machine or wait many
hours until the filesystem runs out of space and cont_expand_zero fails.
We need this patch to be able to terminate the process.

Signed-off-by: Mikulas Patocka <>
Signed-off-by: Al Viro <>
Signed-off-by: Greg Kroah-Hartman <>

fs/buffer.c | 5 +++++
1 file changed, 5 insertions(+)

--- a/fs/buffer.c
+++ b/fs/buffer.c
@@ -2254,6 +2254,11 @@ static int cont_expand_zero(struct file
err = 0;

+ if (unlikely(fatal_signal_pending(current))) {
+ err = -EINTR;
+ goto out;
+ }

/* page covers the boundary, find the boundary offset */

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