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Date:	Wed, 14 Oct 2015 09:31:38 -0600
From:	Ross Zwisler <>
To:	Jan Kara <>
Cc:	Ross Zwisler <>,,
	Alexander Viro <>,
	Jan Kara <>,
	Matthew Wilcox <>,,,
	Andrew Morton <>,
	Dan Williams <>,
	Dave Chinner <>,
	"Kirill A. Shutemov" <>,,
	Matthew Wilcox <>
Subject: Re: [PATCH v2 2/2] ext2: Add locking for DAX faults

On Wed, Oct 14, 2015 at 10:51:19AM +0200, Jan Kara wrote:
> On Tue 13-10-15 16:25:37, Ross Zwisler wrote:
> > Add locking to ensure that DAX faults are isolated from ext2 operations
> > that modify the data blocks allocation for an inode.  This is intended to
> > be analogous to the work being done in XFS by Dave Chinner:
> > 
> >
> > 
> > Compared with XFS the ext2 case is greatly simplified by the fact that ext2
> > already allocates and zeros new blocks before they are returned as part of
> > ext2_get_block(), so DAX doesn't need to worry about getting unmapped or
> > unwritten buffer heads.
> > 
> > This means that the only work we need to do in ext2 is to isolate the DAX
> > faults from inode block allocation changes.  I believe this just means that
> > we need to isolate the DAX faults from truncate operations.
> > 
> > The newly introduced dax_sem is intended to replicate the protection
> > offered by i_mmaplock in XFS.  In addition to truncate the i_mmaplock also
> > protects XFS operations like hole punching, fallocate down, extent
> > manipulation IOCTLS like xfs_ioc_space() and extent swapping.  Truncate is
> > the only one of these operations supported by ext2.
> > 
> > Signed-off-by: Ross Zwisler <>
> The patch looks good to me. Feel free to add:
> Reviewed-by: Jan Kara <>
> Or I can push the patch through my tree as it seems to be independent of
> any other changes, am I right?
> 								Honza

Yep, it is independent of other patches.  It'd be great if you pushed it up
through your tree, thanks!
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