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Date:   Wed, 10 Jan 2018 00:14:03 -0500
From:   Theodore Ts'o <>
To:     harshads <>
Subject: Re: [PATCH] ext4: Fix a race in the ext4 shutdown path.

On Tue, Jan 09, 2018 at 02:52:57PM -0800, harshads wrote:
> This patch fixes a race between the shutdown path and bio completion
> handling. In the ext4 direct io path with async io, after submitting a
> bio to the block layer, if journal starting fails,
> ext4_direct_IO_write() would bail out pretending that the IO
> failed. The caller would have had no way of knowing whether or not the
> IO was successfully submitted. So instead, we return -EIOCBQUEUED in
> this case. Now, the caller knows that the IO was submitted.  The bio
> completion handler takes care of the error.
> Tested: Ran the shutdown xfstest test 461 in loop for over 2 hours across
> 4 machines resulting in over 400 runs. Verified that the race didn't
> occur. Usually the race was seen in about 20-30 iterations.
> Signed-off-by: Harshad Shirwadkar <>

Thanks, applied.

					- Ted

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