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Date:	Wed, 27 Dec 2006 20:09:47 +0900
Subject: Re: [RFC] delayed allocation, mballoc, etc

Hi Alex

I found a bug on linux-2.6.19-rc6 with Alex's patches.

With no files on the device, doing the following system call:
1. open with O_CREAT
	fd = open("test_file", O_RDWR|O_CREAT, 0777)
2. ftruncate (length is not aligned with blocksize)
	ftruncate(fd, 200)
3. write out the same block
	write(fd, write_buf, 100)

As a result, panic occurred at the following code:
          BUG_ON(EXT4_I(inode)->i_locality_group == NULL);

I tracked down the scenario of causing this panic, which is as below:
1. i_locality_group is set to NULL when a file is created at first

2. Given a length which is not aligned with blocksize to ftruncate,
   PG_dirty flag is set in _set_page_dirty_nobuffers() after zeroing
   out halfway part of the block on ftruncate
        	kaddr = kmap_atomic(page, KM_USER0);
        	memset(kaddr + offset, 0, length);
        	kunmap_atomic(kaddr, KM_USER0);

3. With PG_dirty flag set, i_locality_group is not set in
		if (__set_page_dirty_nobuffers(page))
			ext4_lg_page_enter_inode(inode, page,

4. i_locality_group set to NULL causes BUG_ON

I tried the attached patch where ext4_lg_page_enter_inode()
is necessarily called.  It seems to me that the problem does not occur
with this patch, how about your comment?

diff -upNr -X linux-2.6.19-rc6/Documentation/dontdiff linux-2.6.19-rc6/fs/ext4/writeback.c linux-2.6.19-rc6-tmp/fs/ext4/writeback.c
--- linux-2.6.19-rc6/fs/ext4/writeback.c        2006-12-22 19:16:17.000000000 +0900
+++ linux-2.6.19-rc6-tmp/fs/ext4/writeback.c   2006-12-22 19:15:45.000000000 +0900
@@ -968,10 +968,8 @@ int ext4_wb_commit_write(struct file *fi
-       if (__set_page_dirty_nobuffers(page)) {
-                __set_page_dirty_nobuffers(page);
-               ext4_lg_page_enter_inode(inode, page, PageMappedToDisk(page));
-       }
+       __set_page_dirty_nobuffers(page);
+       ext4_lg_page_enter_inode(inode, page, PageMappedToDisk(page));

Cheers, Takashi

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