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SubjectRe: [PATCH] gfs2: Fix mmap + page fault deadlocks
On Thu, Jul 1, 2021 at 5:20 PM Andreas Gruenbacher <agruenba@redhat.com> wrote:
>
> On Thu, Jul 1, 2021 at 11:41 PM Linus Torvalds
> <torvalds@linux-foundation.org> wrote:
> > Also, I have to say that I think the direct-IO code is fundamentally
> > mis-designed. Why it is doing the page lookup _during_ the IO is a
> > complete mystery to me. Why wasn't that done ahead of time before the
> > filesystem took the locks it needed?
>
> That would be inconvenient for reads, when the number of bytes read is
> much smaller than the buffer size and we won't need to page in the
> entire buffer.

What?

A file read will READ THE WHOLE BUFFER.

We're not talking pipes or ttys here. If you ask for X bytes, you'll
get X bytes.

Of course, if you ask for more data than the file has, that's another
thing, but who really does that with direct-IO? And if they do, why
should we care about their silly behavior?

Face it, right now direct-IO is *BUGGY* because of this, and you can
deadlock filesystems with it.

So tell me again how it's "inconvenient" to fix this bug, and fix the
bad direct-IO design?

Linus

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