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Date:	Wed,  5 Nov 2008 09:23:24 -0500
From:	Theodore Ts'o <>
To:	Ext4 Developers List <>
Cc:	Theodore Ts'o <>
Subject: [PATCH, RFC] ext4: tone down ext4_da_writepages warnings

If the filesystem has errors, ext4_da_writepages() will return a *lot*
of errors, including lots and lots of stack dumps.  While it's true
that we are dropping user data on the floor, which is unfortunate, the
stack dumps aren't helpful, and they tend to obscure the true original
root cause of the problem.  So in the case where the filesystem has
aborted, return an EROFS right away.

Signed-off-by: "Theodore Ts'o" <>
 fs/ext4/inode.c |   16 +++++++++++++++-
 1 files changed, 15 insertions(+), 1 deletions(-)

diff --git a/fs/ext4/inode.c b/fs/ext4/inode.c
index 15d191b..e1ba323 100644
--- a/fs/ext4/inode.c
+++ b/fs/ext4/inode.c
@@ -2386,6 +2386,20 @@ static int ext4_da_writepages(struct address_space *mapping,
 	if (!mapping->nrpages || !mapping_tagged(mapping, PAGECACHE_TAG_DIRTY))
 		return 0;
+	/*
+	 * If the filesystem has aborted, it is read-only, so return
+	 * right away instead of dumping stack traces later on that
+	 * will obscure the real source of the problem.  We test
+	 * EXT4_MOUNT_ABORT instead of sb->s_flag's MS_RDONLY because
+	 * the latter could be true if the filesystem is mounted
+	 * read-only, and in that case, ext4_da_writepages should
+	 * *never* be called, so if that ever happens, we would want
+	 * the stack trace.
+	 */
+	if (unlikely(sbi->s_mount_opt & EXT4_MOUNT_ABORT))
+		return -EROFS;
 	 * Make sure nr_to_write is >= sbi->s_mb_stream_request
 	 * This make sure small files blocks are allocated in
@@ -2430,7 +2444,7 @@ static int ext4_da_writepages(struct address_space *mapping,
 		handle = ext4_journal_start(inode, needed_blocks);
 		if (IS_ERR(handle)) {
 			ret = PTR_ERR(handle);
-			printk(KERN_EMERG "%s: jbd2_start: "
+			printk(KERN_CRIT "%s: jbd2_start: "
 			       "%ld pages, ino %lu; err %d\n", __func__,
 				wbc->nr_to_write, inode->i_ino, ret);

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