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Date:	Sun, 30 Sep 2012 15:50:09 -0400
From:	Theodore Ts'o <>
To:	Ext4 Developers List <>
Cc:, Jan Kara <>,
	KONISHI Ryusuke <>,
Subject: Re: [PATCH REGRESSION FIX] ext4: fix mtime update in nodelalloc mode

Note: this fixes a failure in xfstests #215 for ext3 file systems
mounted using ext4 and ext4 file systems mounted with -o nodelalloc.

	      	       	    	 	 - Ted

On Sun, Sep 30, 2012 at 03:48:19PM -0400, Theodore Ts'o wrote:
> Commits 41c4d25f78c0 and 41c4d25f78c0 introduced a regression into
> 3.6-rc1 for ext4 in nodealloc mode, such that mtime updates would not
> take place for files modified via mmap if the page was already in the
> page cache.
> The problem was that ext4_page_mkwrite() had a shortcut which would
> avoid calling __block_page_mkwrite() under some circumstances, and the
> above two commit transferred the responsibility of calling
> file_update_time() to __block_page_mkwrite --- which woudln't get
> called in some circumstances.
> Since __block_page_mkwrite() only has three years,
> block_page_mkwrite(), ext4_page_mkwrite, and nilfs_page_mkwrite(), the
> best way to solve this is to move the responsibility for calling
> file_update_time() to its caller.
> Signed-off-by: "Theodore Ts'o" <>
> Cc: Jan Kara <>
> Cc: KONISHI Ryusuke <>
> Cc:
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