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Date:	Sun, 30 Sep 2012 16:30:26 -0400
From:	Theodore Ts'o <>
To:	Jonathan Nieder <>, Willy Tarreau <>
Cc:	Ext4 Developers List <>,, Jan Kara <>,
	KONISHI Ryusuke <>,
Subject: Re: [PATCH REGRESSION FIX] ext4: fix mtime update in nodelalloc mode

The rewritten commit description:

ext4: fix mtime update in nodelalloc mode

Commits 5e8830dc85d0 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.  This would also affect ext3 file systems mounted using
the ext4 file system driver.

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 callers,
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.

This problem was found via xfstests #215 with a file system mounted
with -o nodelalloc.

Signed-off-by: "Theodore Ts'o" <>
Cc: Jan Kara <>
Cc: KONISHI Ryusuke <>

Note: If this gets pushed to Linus before the merge window opens, I'll
drop the cc of, since the regression was
introduced in 3.6-rc1.

						- Ted
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