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Date:   Mon, 15 Jun 2020 18:53:11 +0100
From:   Filipe Manana <>
To:     linux-ext4 <>
Subject: RWF_NOWAIT writes not failing when writing to a range with holes


I found out a bug in btrfs where a RWF_NOWRITE does not fail if we
write to a range that starts with an extent followed by holes (since
it requires allocating extent(s)).

When writing a test case for fstests I noticed xfs fails with -EAGAIN
as expected, but ext4 succeeds just like btrfs currently does:

mkfs.ext4 -F /dev/sdb
mount /dev/sdb /mnt

xfs_io -f -d -c "pwrite -S 0xab -b 256K 0 256K" /mnt/bar
xfs_io -c "fpunch 64K 64K" /mnt/bar
xfs_io -d -c "pwrite -N -V 1 -b 128K -S 0xfe 0 128K" /mnt/bar

Is this a known bug? Or is there a technical reason that makes it too
expensive to check no extents will need to be allocated?


Filipe David Manana,

“Whether you think you can, or you think you can't — you're right.”

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