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Date:   Thu, 1 Dec 2022 17:12:05 +0530
From:   "Ritesh Harjani (IBM)" <>
To:     Jan Kara <>
Cc:     Ted Tso <>,,
        Christoph Hellwig <>
Subject: Re: [PATCH 0/9] ext4: Stop using ext4_writepage() for writeout of
 ordered data

On 22/11/30 05:35PM, Jan Kara wrote:
> Hello,
> this patch series modifies ext4 so that we stop using ext4_writepage() for
> writeout of ordered data during transaction commit (through
> generic_writepages() from jbd2_journal_submit_inode_data_buffers()). Instead we
> directly call ext4_writepages() from the
> ext4_journal_submit_inode_data_buffers().

Hello Jan,

Do you think we should add a WARN_ON_ONCE() or something in
ext4_do_writepages() function where we might try to start a transaction
at [J]. Since we can now enter into ext4_do_writepages() from two places:
1. writeback
2. jbd2_journal_commit_transaction()

So IIUC, we will call mpage_submit_page() in the first call to
mpage_prepare_extent_to_map() [1] itself. That may set mpd->scanned_until_end = 1
at the end of it. So then we should never enter into the while loop where we
start a journal txn.

But can it ever happen that we ever into this while loop for writing out
pages for journal_submit_data_buffers()?

	mpd->do_map = 0;
	mpd->scanned_until_end = 0;
	mpd->io_submit.io_end = ext4_init_io_end(inode, GFP_KERNEL);
[1]	ret = mpage_prepare_extent_to_map(mpd);
	/* Unlock pages we didn't use */
	mpage_release_unused_pages(mpd, false);
	/* Submit prepared bio */
	mpd->io_submit.io_end = NULL;
	while (!mpd->scanned_until_end && wbc->nr_to_write > 0) {
		/* For each extent of pages we use new io_end */
		mpd->io_submit.io_end = ext4_init_io_end(inode, GFP_KERNEL);
		needed_blocks = ext4_da_writepages_trans_blocks(inode);

		/* start a new transaction */
[J]		handle = ext4_journal_start_with_reserve(inode,
				EXT4_HT_WRITE_PAGE, needed_blocks, rsv_blocks);
		mpd->do_map = 1;

		trace_ext4_da_write_pages(inode, mpd->first_page, wbc);
[2]		ret = mpage_prepare_extent_to_map(mpd);
		if (!ret && mpd->map.m_len)
			ret = mpage_map_and_submit_extent(handle, mpd,


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