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Date:	Mon, 15 Jun 2015 09:06:11 -0400
From:	Theodore Ts'o <>
To:	Jan Kara <>
Cc:	Ext4 Developers List <>,,
Subject: Re: [PATCH] ext4: fix race between truncate and

On Mon, Jun 15, 2015 at 02:33:52PM +0200, Jan Kara wrote:
>   Yeah, that's nasty. Thanks for debugging this! However I think your fix
> reintroduces the original deadlock issues. do_journal_get_write_access()
> can end up blocking waiting for jbd2 thread to finish a commit while jbd2
> thread may be blocked waiting for the page to be unlocked.
> After some thought I don't think the deadlock is real since
> do_journal_get_write_access() will currently only block if a buffer is
> under writeout to the journal and at that point we don't wait for page
> locks anymore. Also ext4_write_begin() does the same in data=journal mode
> and we haven't observed deadlocks so far. But still things look really
> fragile here.

The reason why there are no deadlocks is the writeback in the commit
thread happens when the inode gets written back --- but that only
happens for data=ordered inodes, not data=journalled mode.  I was a
little worried about what might happen when after the 'j' chattr
attribute gets set on an inode, and the inode was still on the ordered
flush list.

Hmm... I think we could also maybe fix this by having
ext4_change_inode_journal_flag() force a journal commit before setting
the JOURNAL_DATA flag.  If we did that, we could just avoid dropping
the page_lock in __ext4_journalled_writepage() altogether.

What do you think?

						- Ted
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