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Date:   Thu, 20 Apr 2023 20:18:17 +0530
From:   Ritesh Harjani (IBM) <>
To:     Jan Kara <>
        Jan Kara <>, Christoph Hellwig <>,
        "Darrick J . Wong" <>,
        Ojaswin Mujoo <>,
        Disha Goel <>,
        Christoph Hellwig <>
Subject: Re: [PATCHv5 5/9] ext2: Move direct-io to use iomap

Jan Kara <> writes:

> On Sun 16-04-23 15:38:40, Ritesh Harjani (IBM) wrote:
>> This patch converts ext2 direct-io path to iomap interface.
>> - This also takes care of DIO_SKIP_HOLES part in which we return -ENOTBLK
>>   from ext2_iomap_begin(), in case if the write is done on a hole.
>> - This fallbacks to buffered-io in case of DIO_SKIP_HOLES or in case of
>>   a partial write or if any error is detected in ext2_iomap_end().
>>   We try to return -ENOTBLK in such cases.
>> - For any unaligned or extending DIO writes, we pass
>>   IOMAP_DIO_FORCE_WAIT flag to ensure synchronous writes.
>> - For extending writes we set IOMAP_F_DIRTY in ext2_iomap_begin because
>>   otherwise with dsync writes on devices that support FUA, generic_write_sync
>>   won't be called and we might miss inode metadata updates.
>> - Since ext2 already now uses _nolock vartiant of sync write. Hence
>>   there is no inode lock problem with iomap in this patch.
>> - ext2_iomap_ops are now being shared by DIO, DAX & fiemap path
>> Tested-by: Disha Goel <>
>> Reviewed-by: Christoph Hellwig <>
>> Signed-off-by: Ritesh Harjani (IBM) <>
> One comment below:
>> @@ -844,6 +868,13 @@ static int
>>  ext2_iomap_end(struct inode *inode, loff_t offset, loff_t length,
>>  		ssize_t written, unsigned flags, struct iomap *iomap)
>>  {
>> +	/*
>> +	 * Switch to buffered-io in case of any error.
>> +	 * Blocks allocated can be used by the buffered-io path.
>> +	 */
>> +	if ((flags & IOMAP_DIRECT) && (flags & IOMAP_WRITE) && written == 0)
>> +		return -ENOTBLK;
>> +
>>  	if (iomap->type == IOMAP_MAPPED &&
>>  	    written < length &&
>>  	    (flags & IOMAP_WRITE))
> Is this really needed? What for?

Sorry Jan, I got caught into something else so couldn't respond on this
earlier. Thanks a lot for review.

I don't think this will be called for IOMAP_DIRECT for write case.
I mostly see this code was already present for IOMAP_DAX path.
It is to truncate the blocks in case if the iomap dax write failed to
write but the blocks might have been allocated in ->iomap_begin

Is there a specific query that you would like me to check and verify?
I can check more by probing this path to see what happens when this gets
called. But my understanding was it is used for truncating blocks as I
mentioned above.


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