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Date:	Wed, 17 Aug 2011 10:32:16 +0800
From:	Tao Ma <>
To:	Ted Ts'o <>
Subject: Re: [PATCH] ext4: Resolve the hang of direct i/o read in handling

On 08/17/2011 02:29 AM, Ted Ts'o wrote:
> On Tue, Aug 16, 2011 at 02:37:53PM +0800, Tao Ma wrote:
>> From: Tao Ma <>
>> EXT4_IO_END_UNWRITTEN flag set and the increase of i_aiodio_unwritten should
>> be done simultaneously since ext4_end_io_nolock always clear the flag and
>> decrease the counter in the same time.
>> We don't increase i_aiodio_unwritten when setting EXT4_IO_END_UNWRITTEN so
>> it will go nagative and causes some process to wait forever.
>> Part of the patch came from Eric in his e-mail, but it doesn't fix the problem
>> met by Michael actually.
>> Reported-and-Tested-by: Michael Tokarev<>
>> Signed-off-by: Eric Sandeen <>
>> Signed-off-by: Tao Ma <>
> Thanks I've taken this into the ext4 tree.  I am a bit worried this
> will trigger a GCC warning:
> +	/*
> +	 * It may be over-defensive here to check EXT4_IO_END_UNWRITTEN now,
> +	 * but being more careful is always safe for the future change.
> +	 */
>  	inode = io_end->inode;
> +	if (!(io_end->flag & EXT4_IO_END_UNWRITTEN)) {
> +		io_end->flag |= EXT4_IO_END_UNWRITTEN;
> +		atomic_inc(&EXT4_I(inode)->i_aiodio_unwritten);
> +	}
>  	/* Add the io_end to per-inode completed io list*/
>  	spin_lock_irqsave(&EXT4_I(inode)->i_completed_io_lock, flags);
> ... since in Google we've been compiling with -Werror, but it's not
> causing an error on gcc 4.4, which is what I still have on my laptop.
> It may be that newer versions of GCC are smart enough to notice tha
> the above is dead code, and then complain with a warning.
Sorry for my bluntness. But where is the 'dead code' you mean?

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