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Date:   Mon,  4 Jan 2021 16:54:45 -0800
From:   Eric Biggers <>
Cc:,,, Theodore Ts'o <>,
        Christoph Hellwig <>
Subject: [PATCH 06/13] fs: pass only I_DIRTY_INODE flags to ->dirty_inode

From: Eric Biggers <>

->dirty_inode is now only called when I_DIRTY_INODE (I_DIRTY_SYNC and/or
I_DIRTY_DATASYNC) is set.  However it may still be passed other dirty
flags at the same time, provided that these other flags happened to be
passed to __mark_inode_dirty() at the same time as I_DIRTY_INODE.

This doesn't make sense because there is no reason for filesystems to
care about these extra flags.  Nor are filesystems notified about all
updates to these other flags.

Therefore, mask the flags before passing them to ->dirty_inode.

Also properly document ->dirty_inode in vfs.rst.

Signed-off-by: Eric Biggers <>
 Documentation/filesystems/vfs.rst | 5 ++++-
 fs/fs-writeback.c                 | 2 +-
 2 files changed, 5 insertions(+), 2 deletions(-)

diff --git a/Documentation/filesystems/vfs.rst b/Documentation/filesystems/vfs.rst
index ca52c82e5bb54..287b80948a40b 100644
--- a/Documentation/filesystems/vfs.rst
+++ b/Documentation/filesystems/vfs.rst
@@ -270,7 +270,10 @@ or bottom half).
-	this method is called by the VFS to mark an inode dirty.
+	this method is called by the VFS when an inode is marked dirty.
+	This is specifically for the inode itself being marked dirty,
+	not its data.  If the update needs to be persisted by fdatasync(),
+	then I_DIRTY_DATASYNC will be set in the flags argument.
 	this method is called when the VFS needs to write an inode to
diff --git a/fs/fs-writeback.c b/fs/fs-writeback.c
index e3347fd6eb13a..f20daf4f5e19b 100644
--- a/fs/fs-writeback.c
+++ b/fs/fs-writeback.c
@@ -2268,7 +2268,7 @@ void __mark_inode_dirty(struct inode *inode, int flags)
 		trace_writeback_dirty_inode_start(inode, flags);
 		if (sb->s_op->dirty_inode)
-			sb->s_op->dirty_inode(inode, flags);
+			sb->s_op->dirty_inode(inode, flags & I_DIRTY_INODE);
 		trace_writeback_dirty_inode(inode, flags);

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