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Date:   Mon, 12 Mar 2018 23:21:56 +0800
From:   Eryu Guan <>
Cc:     Theodore Ts'o <>, Jan Kara <>,
        Eryu Guan <>
Subject: [PATCH v2 2/2] ext4: update i_disksize if direct write past ondisk size

Currently in ext4 direct write path, we update i_disksize only when
new eof is greater than i_size, and don't update it even when new
eof is greater than i_disksize but less than i_size. This doesn't
work well with delalloc buffer write, which updates i_size and
i_disksize only when delalloc blocks are resolved (at writeback
time), the i_disksize from direct write can be lost if a previous
buffer write succeeded at write time but failed at writeback time,
then results in corrupted ondisk inode size.

Consider this case, first buffer write 4k data to a new file at
offset 16k with delayed allocation, then direct write 4k data to the
same file at offset 4k before delalloc blocks are resolved, which
doesn't update i_disksize because it writes within i_size(20k), but
the extent tree metadata has been committed in journal. Then
writeback of the delalloc blocks fails (due to device error etc.),
and i_size/i_disksize from buffer write can't be written to disk
(still zero). A subsequent umount/mount cycle recovers journal and
writes extent tree metadata from direct write to disk, but with
i_disksize being zero.

Fix it by updating i_disksize too in direct write path when new eof
is greater than i_disksize but less than i_size, so i_disksize is
always consistent with direct write.

This fixes occasional i_size corruption in fstests generic/475.

Signed-off-by: Eryu Guan <>

- basically no change since v1, just fix the locking issue first, and
  reintroduce the "ei" definition in this patch.

I've tested this patchset by looping generic/475 200 times without
hitting a corruption, usually it fails within 5 iterations for me. Also
tested by full fstests runs on ext2_4k, ext3_2k, ext4_1k configurations
and dio tests from LTP, all results looked good.

 fs/ext4/inode.c | 8 +++++---
 1 file changed, 5 insertions(+), 3 deletions(-)

diff --git a/fs/ext4/inode.c b/fs/ext4/inode.c
index bff44b4a0783..9acac476c15c 100644
--- a/fs/ext4/inode.c
+++ b/fs/ext4/inode.c
@@ -3658,6 +3658,7 @@ static ssize_t ext4_direct_IO_write(struct kiocb *iocb, struct iov_iter *iter)
 	struct file *file = iocb->ki_filp;
 	struct inode *inode = file->f_mapping->host;
+	struct ext4_inode_info *ei = EXT4_I(inode);
 	ssize_t ret;
 	loff_t offset = iocb->ki_pos;
 	size_t count = iov_iter_count(iter);
@@ -3668,7 +3669,7 @@ static ssize_t ext4_direct_IO_write(struct kiocb *iocb, struct iov_iter *iter)
 	int orphan = 0;
 	handle_t *handle;
-	if (final_size > inode->i_size) {
+	if (final_size > inode->i_size || final_size > ei->i_disksize) {
 		/* Credits for sb + inode write */
 		handle = ext4_journal_start(inode, EXT4_HT_INODE, 2);
 		if (IS_ERR(handle)) {
@@ -3788,9 +3789,10 @@ static ssize_t ext4_direct_IO_write(struct kiocb *iocb, struct iov_iter *iter)
 			ext4_orphan_del(handle, inode);
 		if (ret > 0) {
 			loff_t end = offset + ret;
-			if (end > inode->i_size) {
+			if (end > inode->i_size || end > ei->i_disksize) {
 				ext4_update_i_disksize(inode, end);
-				i_size_write(inode, end);
+				if (end > inode->i_size)
+					i_size_write(inode, end);
 				 * We're going to return a positive `ret'
 				 * here due to non-zero-length I/O, so there's

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