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Date:	Thu, 22 Oct 2015 23:14:36 +0200
From:	Jan Kara <>
To:	Ross Zwisler <>
Cc:	Jan Kara <>,,
	Ted Tso <>,
	Dan Williams <>,
Subject: Re: [PATCH 0/9 v2] ext4: Punch hole and DAX fixes

On Thu 22-10-15 12:09:10, Ross Zwisler wrote:
> On Thu, Oct 22, 2015 at 10:15:52AM +0200, Jan Kara wrote:
> > Hello,
> > 
> > This series fixes a long standing problem of racing punch hole and page fault
> > resulting in possible filesystem corruption or stale data exposure. We fix the
> > problem by using a new inode-private rw_semaphore i_mmap_sem to synchronize
> > page faults with truncate and punch hole operations.
> > 
> > When having this exclusion, the only remaining problem with DAX implementation
> > are races between two page faults zeroing out same block concurrently (where
> > the data written after the first fault finishes are possibly overwritten by
> > the second fault still doing zeroing).
> > 
> > Patch 1 introduces i_mmap_sem lock in ext4 inode and uses it to properly
> > serialize extent manipulation operations and page faults.
> > 
> > Patch 2 is mostly a preparatory cleanup patch which also avoids double lock /
> > unlock in unlocked DIO protections (currently harmless but nasty surprise).
> > 
> > Patches 3-4 fix further races of extent manipulation functions (such as zero
> > range, collapse range, insert range) with buffered IO, page writeback
> > 
> > Patch 5 documents locking order of ext4 filesystem locks.
> > 
> > Patch 6 removes locking abuse of i_data_sem from the get_blocks() path when
> > dioread_nolock is enabled since it is not needed anymore.
> > 
> > Patches 7-9 implement allocation of pre-zeroed blocks in ext4_map_blocks()
> > callback and use such blocks for allocations from DAX page faults.
> > 
> > The patches survived xfstests run both in dax and non-dax mode.
> > 
> > 								Honza
> In my setup generic/081 passes, but causes all sorts of errors reported in
> syslog.  I think these errors are a normal part of the test because they happen
> in the non-DAX case as well, but in the DAX case I think we end up in a bad
> state.  After this, all other tests fail.

Thanks for report! I was using ramdisk for testing and test generic/081 got
skipped because the device doesn't have "sane flush". I'll retest with pmem
and debug what's going on.


Jan Kara <>
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