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Date:   Mon, 16 Aug 2021 10:16:16 -0400
From:   "Theodore Ts'o" <tytso@....edu>
To:     Jan Kara <jack@...e.cz>
Cc:     yangerkun <yangerkun@...wei.com>, adilger.kernel@...ger.ca,
        linux-ext4@...r.kernel.org, yukuai3@...wei.com
Subject: Re: [PATCH] ext4: stop return ENOSPC from ext4_issue_zeroout

On Mon, Aug 16, 2021 at 12:05:45PM +0200, Jan Kara wrote:
> 
> Yes, that looks indeed better. I'd note that even splitting extent may fail
> due to ENOSPC on thin-provisioned storage but the chances are *much* lower.

Indeed, any kind of metadata update (updating an inode atime, creating
a new inode, deleting a directory entry, etc.) can fail due to ENOSPC
on thin-provision storage, leading to a potentially corrupted file
system since some writes will succeed, while others won't --- and
that's not a scenario that's super well tested, nor is there much we
can do other than remounting the file system read/only or forcing a
reboot.

But at least we won't throw the kernel into an infinite loop, which is
what yangerkun was reporting...

					- Ted

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