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Subject[RESEND4, PATCH 1/2] fuse: retrieve: cap requested size to negotiated max_write
FUSE filesystem server and kernel client negotiate during initialization
phase, what should be the maximum write size the client will ever issue.
Correspondingly the filesystem server then queues sys_read calls to read
requests with buffer capacity large enough to carry request header
+ that max_write bytes. A filesystem server is free to set its max_write
in anywhere in the range between [1·page, fc->max_pages·page]. In
particular go-fuse[2] sets max_write by default as 64K, wheres default
fc->max_pages corresponds to 128K. Libfuse also allows users to
configure max_write, but by default presets it to possible maximum.

If max_write is < fc->max_pages·page, and in NOTIFY_RETRIEVE handler we
allow to retrieve more than max_write bytes, corresponding prepared
NOTIFY_REPLY will be thrown away by fuse_dev_do_read, because the
filesystem server, in full correspondence with server/client contract,
will be only queuing sys_read with ~max_write buffer capacity, and
fuse_dev_do_read throws away requests that cannot fit into server
request buffer. In turn the filesystem server could get stuck waiting
indefinitely for NOTIFY_REPLY since NOTIFY_RETRIEVE handler returned OK
which is understood by clients as that NOTIFY_REPLY was queued and will
be sent back.

-> Cap requested size to negotiate max_write to avoid the problem.
This aligns with the way NOTIFY_RETRIEVE handler works, which already
unconditionally caps requested retrieve size to fuse_conn->max_pages.
This way it should not hurt NOTIFY_RETRIEVE semantic if we return less
data than was originally requested.

Please see [1] for context where the problem of stuck filesystem was hit
for real, how the situation was traced and for more involving patch that
did not make it into the tree.


Signed-off-by: Kirill Smelkov <>
Cc: Han-Wen Nienhuys <>
Cc: Jakob Unterwurzacher <>
Cc: <> # v2.6.36+
fs/fuse/dev.c | 2 +-
1 file changed, 1 insertion(+), 1 deletion(-)

diff --git a/fs/fuse/dev.c b/fs/fuse/dev.c
index 8a63e52785e9..38e94bc43053 100644
--- a/fs/fuse/dev.c
+++ b/fs/fuse/dev.c
@@ -1749,7 +1749,7 @@ static int fuse_retrieve(struct fuse_conn *fc, struct inode *inode,
offset = outarg->offset & ~PAGE_MASK;
file_size = i_size_read(inode);

- num = outarg->size;
+ num = min(outarg->size, fc->max_write);
if (outarg->offset > file_size)
num = 0;
else if (outarg->offset + num > file_size)
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