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Date:   Thu, 15 Oct 2020 16:37:49 +0100
From:   Filipe Manana <>
To:     Jan Kara <>
Cc:     linux-ext4 <>
Subject: Re: RWF_NOWAIT writes not failing when writing to a range with holes

On Wed, Jul 8, 2020 at 3:17 PM Jan Kara <> wrote:
> Hi!
> On Mon 15-06-20 18:53:11, Filipe Manana wrote:
> > 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
> > sync
> > 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?
> Thanks for report! This is actually a fallout of the conversion of ext4
> direct IO code to iomap (commit 378f32bab37 "ext4: introduce direct I/O
> write using iomap infrastructure"). I'll send a fix.

Thanks for looking into it Jan.

I just wrote a test case for fstests that exercises that case and
others where btrfs used to fail.
And I think I found some regression happened in ext4 in the meanwhile.
Basically a write into a fallocated extent that starts at eof now
fails with -EAGAIN in ext4 on a 5.9-rc6 kernel at least, but it used
to work when I found the bug in btrfs [1] (with a 5.7 kernel iirc).


That new test case:


>                                                                 Honza
> --
> Jan Kara <>
> SUSE Labs, CR

Filipe David Manana,

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