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Date:   Mon, 21 Mar 2022 22:44:38 +0800
From:   Ye Bin <>
To:     <>, <>,
CC:     <>, <>,
        <>, Ye Bin <>
Subject: [PATCH -next v2] ext4: Fix symlink file size not match to file content

We got issue as follows:
[home]# fsck.ext4  -fn  ram0yb
e2fsck 1.45.6 (20-Mar-2020)
Pass 1: Checking inodes, blocks, and sizes
Pass 2: Checking directory structure
Symlink /p3/d14/d1a/l3d (inode #3494) is invalid.
Clear? no
Entry 'l3d' in /p3/d14/d1a (3383) has an incorrect filetype (was 7, should be 0).
Fix? no

As the symlink file size does not match the file content. If the writeback
of the symlink data block failed, ext4_finish_bio() handles the end of IO.
However this function fails to mark the buffer with BH_write_io_error and
so when unmount does journal checkpoint it cannot detect the writeback
error and will cleanup the journal. Thus we've lost the correct data in the
journal area. To solve this issue, mark the buffer as BH_write_io_error in

Signed-off-by: Ye Bin <>
Reviewed-by: Jan Kara <>
 fs/ext4/page-io.c | 4 +++-
 1 file changed, 3 insertions(+), 1 deletion(-)

diff --git a/fs/ext4/page-io.c b/fs/ext4/page-io.c
index 495ce59fb4ad..14695e2b5042 100644
--- a/fs/ext4/page-io.c
+++ b/fs/ext4/page-io.c
@@ -134,8 +134,10 @@ static void ext4_finish_bio(struct bio *bio)
-			if (bio->bi_status)
+			if (bio->bi_status) {
+				set_buffer_write_io_error(bh);
+			}
 		} while ((bh = bh->b_this_page) != head);
 		spin_unlock_irqrestore(&head->b_uptodate_lock, flags);
 		if (!under_io) {

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