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Date:	Wed, 25 Jan 2012 15:40:56 -0500
From:	Jeff Moyer <>
Subject: [patch|rfc] ext4: fix race between unwritten extent conversion and truncate


The following comment in ext4_end_io_dio caught my attention:

	/* XXX: probably should move into the real I/O completion handler */

The truncate code takes i_mutex, then calls inode_dio_wait.  Because the
ext4 code path above will end up dropping the mutex before it is
reacquired by the worker thread that does the extent conversion, it
seems to me that the truncate can happen out of order.  Does it matter?
I really don't know, but I'm hoping someone here might.  ;-)  Anyway,
here's a patch I cooked up to address the issue.  I'm not sure what the
result of a race would even be, so I haven't really been able to test
that it works as intended.

So, comments?


Signed-off-by: Jeff Moyer <>

diff --git a/fs/ext4/ext4.h b/fs/ext4/ext4.h
index 513004f..fc2a373 100644
--- a/fs/ext4/ext4.h
+++ b/fs/ext4/ext4.h
@@ -2286,7 +2286,7 @@ extern void ext4_exit_pageio(void);
 extern void ext4_ioend_wait(struct inode *);
 extern void ext4_free_io_end(ext4_io_end_t *io);
 extern ext4_io_end_t *ext4_init_io_end(struct inode *inode, gfp_t flags);
-extern int ext4_end_io_nolock(ext4_io_end_t *io);
+extern int ext4_end_io_nolock(ext4_io_end_t *io, bool direct);
 extern void ext4_io_submit(struct ext4_io_submit *io);
 extern int ext4_bio_write_page(struct ext4_io_submit *io,
 			       struct page *page,
diff --git a/fs/ext4/fsync.c b/fs/ext4/fsync.c
index 00a2cb7..f9aec9a 100644
--- a/fs/ext4/fsync.c
+++ b/fs/ext4/fsync.c
@@ -104,7 +104,7 @@ int ext4_flush_completed_IO(struct inode *inode)
 		 * queue work.
 		spin_unlock_irqrestore(&ei->i_completed_io_lock, flags);
-		ret = ext4_end_io_nolock(io);
+		ret = ext4_end_io_nolock(io, false);
 		if (ret < 0)
 			ret2 = ret;
 		spin_lock_irqsave(&ei->i_completed_io_lock, flags);
diff --git a/fs/ext4/inode.c b/fs/ext4/inode.c
index feaa82f..4e76c30 100644
--- a/fs/ext4/inode.c
+++ b/fs/ext4/inode.c
@@ -2795,9 +2795,6 @@ out:
 	/* queue the work to convert unwritten extents to written */
 	queue_work(wq, &io_end->work);
-	/* XXX: probably should move into the real I/O completion handler */
-	inode_dio_done(inode);
 static void ext4_end_io_buffer_write(struct buffer_head *bh, int uptodate)
diff --git a/fs/ext4/page-io.c b/fs/ext4/page-io.c
index 4758518..47c4a03 100644
--- a/fs/ext4/page-io.c
+++ b/fs/ext4/page-io.c
@@ -87,7 +87,7 @@ void ext4_free_io_end(ext4_io_end_t *io)
  * Called with inode->i_mutex; we depend on this when we manipulate
  * io->flag, since we could otherwise race with ext4_flush_completed_IO()
-int ext4_end_io_nolock(ext4_io_end_t *io)
+int ext4_end_io_nolock(ext4_io_end_t *io, bool direct)
 	struct inode *inode = io->inode;
 	loff_t offset = io->offset;
@@ -110,6 +110,8 @@ int ext4_end_io_nolock(ext4_io_end_t *io)
 	if (io->iocb)
 		aio_complete(io->iocb, io->result, 0);
+	if (direct)
+		inode_dio_done(inode);
 	/* Wake up anyone waiting on unwritten extent conversion */
 	if (atomic_dec_and_test(&EXT4_I(inode)->i_aiodio_unwritten))
@@ -152,7 +154,7 @@ static void ext4_end_io_work(struct work_struct *work)
 	spin_unlock_irqrestore(&ei->i_completed_io_lock, flags);
-	(void) ext4_end_io_nolock(io);
+	(void) ext4_end_io_nolock(io, true);
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