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SubjectRe: [PATCH] xfs: always free inline data before resetting inode fork during ifree
On Sat, Mar 24, 2018 at 10:06:38AM +0100, Greg Kroah-Hartman wrote:
> On Fri, Mar 23, 2018 at 06:23:02PM +0000, Luis R. Rodriguez wrote:
> > On Fri, Mar 23, 2018 at 10:26:20AM -0700, Darrick J. Wong wrote:
> > > On Fri, Mar 23, 2018 at 05:08:13PM +0000, Luis R. Rodriguez wrote:
> > > > On Thu, Mar 22, 2018 at 08:41:45PM -0700, Darrick J. Wong wrote:
> > > > > On Fri, Mar 23, 2018 at 01:30:37AM +0000, Luis R. Rodriguez wrote:
> > > > > > On Wed, Nov 22, 2017 at 10:01:37PM -0800, Darrick J. Wong wrote:
> > > > > > > diff --git a/fs/xfs/xfs_inode.c b/fs/xfs/xfs_inode.c
> > > > > > > index 61d1cb7..8012741 100644
> > > > > > > --- a/fs/xfs/xfs_inode.c
> > > > > > > +++ b/fs/xfs/xfs_inode.c
> > > > > > > @@ -2401,6 +2401,24 @@ xfs_ifree_cluster(
> > > > > > > }
> > > > > > >
> > > > > > > /*
> > > > > > > + * Free any local-format buffers sitting around before we reset to
> > > > > > > + * extents format.
> > > > > > > + */
> > > > > > > +static inline void
> > > > > > > +xfs_ifree_local_data(
> > > > > > > + struct xfs_inode *ip,
> > > > > > > + int whichfork)
> > > > > > > +{
> > > > > > > + struct xfs_ifork *ifp;
> > > > > > > +
> > > > > > > + if (XFS_IFORK_FORMAT(ip, whichfork) != XFS_DINODE_FMT_LOCAL)
> > > > > > > + return;
> > > > > >
> > > > > > I'm new to all this so this was a bit hard to follow. I'm confused with how
> > > > > > commit 43518812d2 ("xfs: remove support for inlining data/extents into the
> > > > > > inode fork") exacerbated the leak, isn't that commit about
> > > > > > XFS_DINODE_FMT_EXTENTS?
> > > > >
> > > > > Not specifically _EXTENTS, merely any fork (EXTENTS or LOCAL) whose
> > > > > incore data was small enough to fit in if_inline_ata.
> > > >
> > > > Got it, I thought those were XFS_DINODE_FMT_EXTENTS by definition.
> > > >
> > > > > > Did we have cases where the format was XFS_DINODE_FMT_LOCAL and yet
> > > > > > ifp->if_u1.if_data == ifp->if_u2.if_inline_data ?
> > > > >
> > > > > An empty directory is 6 bytes, which is what you get with a fresh mkdir
> > > > > or after deleting everything in the directory. Prior to the 43518812d2
> > > > > patch we could get away with not even checking if we had to free if_data
> > > > > when deleting a directory because it fit within if_inline_data.
> > > >
> > > > Ah got it. So your fix *is* also applicable even prior to commit 43518812d2.
> > >
> > > You'd have to modify the patch so that it doesn't try to kmem_free
> > > if_data if if_data == if_inline_data but otherwise (in theory) I think
> > > that the concept applies to pre-4.15 kernels.
> > >
> > > (YMMV, please do run this through QA/kmemleak just in case I'm wrong, etc...)
> >
> > Well... so we need a resolution and better get testing this already given that
> > *I believe* the new auto-selection algorithm used to cherry pick patches onto
> > stable for linux-4.14.y (covered on a paper [0] and when used, stable patches
> > are prefixed with AUTOSEL, a recent discussion covered this in November 2017
> > [1]) recommended to merge your commit 98c4f78dcdd8 ("xfs: always free inline
> > data before resetting inode fork during ifree") as stable commit 1eccdbd4836a41
> > on v4.14.17 *without* merging commit 43518812d2 ("xfs: remove support for
> > inlining data/extents into the inode fork").
> >
> > Sasha, Greg,
> >
> > Can you confirm if the algorithm was used in this case?
>
> No idea.
>
> I think xfs should just be added to the "blacklist" so that it is not
> even looked at for these types of auto-selected patches. Much like the
> i915 driver currently is handled (it too is ignored for these patches
> due to objections from the maintainers of it.)

Just out of curiosity, how does this autoselection mechanism work today?
If it's smart enough to cherry pick patches, apply them to a kernel,
build the kernel and run xfstests, and propose the patches if nothing
weird happened, then I'd be interested in looking further. I've nothing
against algorithmic selection per se, but I'd want to know more about
the data sets and parameters that feed the algorithm.

I did receive the AUTOSEL tagged patches a few days ago, but I couldn't
figure out what automated regression testing, if any, had been done; or
whether the patch submission was asking if we wanted it put into 4.14
or if it was a declaration that they were on their way in. Excuse me
for being behind the times, but I'd gotten accustomed xfs patches only
ending up in the stable kernels because we'd deliberately put them
there. :)

If blacklisting xfs is more convenient then I'm happy to continue things
as they were.

--D

> thanks,
>
> greg k-h
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