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Date:	Mon, 25 Apr 2011 20:23:31 -0400
From:	Theodore Ts'o <>
To:	Ext4 Developers List <>
Cc:, Theodore Ts'o <>
Subject: [PATCH 2/2] jbd: fix fsync() tid wraparound bug

If an application program does not make any changes to the indirect
blocks or extent tree, i_datasync_tid will not get updated.  If there
are enough commits (i.e., 2**31) such that tid_geq()'s calculations
wrap, and there isn't a currently active transaction at the time of
the fdatasync() call, this can end up triggering a BUG_ON in

	J_ASSERT(journal->j_running_transaction != NULL);

It's pretty rare that this can happen, since it requires the use of
fdatasync() plus *very* frequent and excessive use of fsync().  But
with the right workload, it can.

We fix this by replacing the use of tid_geq() with an equality test
 fs/jbd/journal.c |    7 +++++--
 1 files changed, 5 insertions(+), 2 deletions(-)

diff --git a/fs/jbd/journal.c b/fs/jbd/journal.c
index b3713af..6b51233 100644
--- a/fs/jbd/journal.c
+++ b/fs/jbd/journal.c
@@ -437,9 +437,12 @@ int __log_space_left(journal_t *journal)
 int __log_start_commit(journal_t *journal, tid_t target)
-	 * Are we already doing a recent enough commit?
+	 * The only transaction we can possibly wait upon is the
+	 * currently running transaction (if it exists).  Otherwise,
+	 * the target tid must be an old one.
-	if (!tid_geq(journal->j_commit_request, target)) {
+	if (journal->j_running_transaction &&
+	    journal->j_running_transaction->t_tid == target) {
 		 * We want a new commit: OK, mark the request and wakeup the
 		 * commit thread.  We do _not_ do the commit ourselves.

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