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Date:	Mon, 23 Jun 2008 19:17:40 -0700
Subject: + ext3-dont-read-inode-block-if-the-buffer-has-a-write-error.patch added to -mm tree

The patch titled
     ext3: don't read inode block if the buffer has a write error
has been added to the -mm tree.  Its filename is

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Subject: ext3: don't read inode block if the buffer has a write error
From: Hidehiro Kawai <>

A transient I/O error can corrupt inode data.  Here is the scenario:

(1) update inode_A at the block_B
(2) pdflush writes out new inode_A to the filesystem, but it results
    in write I/O error, at this point, BH_Uptodate flag of the buffer
    for block_B is cleared and BH_Write_EIO is set
(3) create new inode_C which located at block_B, and
    __ext3_get_inode_loc() tries to read on-disk block_B because the
    buffer is not uptodate
(4) if it can read on-disk block_B successfully, inode_A is
    overwritten by old data

This patch makes __ext3_get_inode_loc() not read the inode block if the
buffer has BH_Write_EIO flag.  In this case, the buffer should have the
latest information, so setting the uptodate flag to the buffer (this
avoids WARN_ON_ONCE() in mark_buffer_dirty().)

According to this change, we would need to test BH_Write_EIO flag for the
error checking.  Currently nobody checks write I/O errors on metadata
buffers, but it will be done in other patches I'm working on.

Signed-off-by: Hidehiro Kawai <>
Cc: sugita <>
Cc: Satoshi OSHIMA <>
Cc: Nick Piggin <>
Cc: Jan Kara <>
Cc: <>
Signed-off-by: Andrew Morton <>

 fs/ext3/inode.c |   10 ++++++++++
 1 file changed, 10 insertions(+)

diff -puN fs/ext3/inode.c~ext3-dont-read-inode-block-if-the-buffer-has-a-write-error fs/ext3/inode.c
--- a/fs/ext3/inode.c~ext3-dont-read-inode-block-if-the-buffer-has-a-write-error
+++ a/fs/ext3/inode.c
@@ -2525,6 +2525,16 @@ static int __ext3_get_inode_loc(struct i
 	if (!buffer_uptodate(bh)) {
+		/*
+		 * If the buffer has the write error flag, we have failed
+		 * to write out another inode in the same block.  In this
+		 * case, we don't have to read the block because we may
+		 * read the old inode data successfully.
+		 */
+		if (buffer_write_io_error(bh) && !buffer_uptodate(bh))
+			set_buffer_uptodate(bh);
 		if (buffer_uptodate(bh)) {
 			/* someone brought it uptodate while we waited */

Patches currently in -mm which might be from are


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