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Date:   Tue, 1 Jan 2019 15:40:52 -0800
From:   Liu Bo <>
To:     "Theodore Y. Ts'o" <>
Cc:     Ext4 Developers List <>,
Subject: Re: [PATCH] ext4: make sure enough credits are reserved for
 dioread_nolock writes

On Tue, Dec 25, 2018 at 8:07 PM Theodore Y. Ts'o <> wrote:
> On Tue, Dec 25, 2018 at 04:10:25PM -0800, Liu Bo wrote:
> >
> > I had a patch[1] to address the problem but with adding reservation
> > only when we need to (in ext4_ext_try_to_merge_up).
> Sorry, I had forgotten that you had that patch pending.  I believe
> that merging up isn't the only case we need to worry about, though.
> For example, if we write into the middle of a larger unwritten region,
> we might havec to change a single region into three regions, which
> might require a node split --- and in that case, it's not optional, as
> would be in the try_to_merge_up situation.  If we don't have enough
> credits to do a node split our only choices would be mark the file
> system as corrupted, or to fail the write with ENOSPC (which would be
> very confusing to the user/application).

I see it now, thanks for the explanation.


> Cheers,
>                                         - Ted

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