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Date:	Wed, 23 Jan 2008 08:55:17 -0500
From:	"Theodore Ts'o" <tytso@....EDU>
Cc:	Mingming Cao <>, Takashi Sato <>,
	Akira Fujita <>
Subject: ext4-online-defrag-free-space-fragmentation.patch uses do_fsync()

I was trying to build ext4 as a module, and ran into problems because
the online defrag patch is calling do_fsync() which is *not* an exported
symbol, and so can not be called from a module.

Looking at what the routine is doing, there's no reason to call
do_fsync(), and in fact depending on the journaling mode in use, it may
not force a journal commit, which seems to be the goal of the code.

Hence, I plan to merge the following fix into the the
defrag-free-space-fragmentation patch, unless there are any objections
from Takashi-San or Akira-San.


						- Ted

diff --git a/fs/ext4/defrag.c b/fs/ext4/defrag.c
index 4ef3dc0..19d2cfd 100644
--- a/fs/ext4/defrag.c
+++ b/fs/ext4/defrag.c
@@ -632,8 +632,9 @@ static int ext4_ext_defrag_victim(struct file *target_filp,
 		/* Sync journal blocks before reservation */
-		if (do_fsync(target_filp, 0)) {
-			printk(KERN_ERR "defrag: failed do_fsync\n");
+		ret = ext4_force_commit(sb);
+		if (ret) {
+			printk(KERN_ERR "defrag: failed do_fsync (%d)\n", ret);
 			goto ERR;
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