On Tue, May 10, 2011 at 02:41:51PM +0900, Utako Kusaka wrote:
> When I tested concurrent mmap write and direct IO to the same file,
> it was corrupted. Kernel version is 2.6.39-rc4.
Long time problem of the mmap_sem being held while .page_mkwrite is
called, which means we can't use the i_mutex or xfs inode iolock for
serialisation against reads and writes because the mmap_sem can be
taken on page faults during read or write. Hence we've got the
choice of deadlocks or no serialisation between direct Io and
> I have two questions concerning xfs direct IO.
> The first is dirty pages are released in direct read. xfs direct IO uses
> xfs_flushinval_pages(), which writes out and releases dirty pages.
Yup - once you bypass the page cache, it is stale and needs to be
removed from memory so it can be reread from disk when the next
buffered IO occurs.
> If pages are marked as dirty after filemap_write_and_wait_range(),
> they will be released in truncate_inode_pages_range() without writing out.
If .page_mkwrite could take either the iolock or the i_mutex, it
would be protected against this like all other operations are.
> truncate_inode_pages_range() <---
> ext3 calls generic_file_aio_read() only and does not call
ext3 is vastly different w.r.t. direct IO functionality, and so
can't be directly compared against XFS behaviour.
> xfs_file_aio_read() and xfs_file_dio_aio_write() call generic function. And
> both xfs functions and generic functions call filemap_write_and_wait_range().
> So I wonder whether xfs_flushinval_pages() is necessary.
The data corruption it fixed long ago woul dprobably return in some
> Then, the write range in xfs_flushinval_pages() called from direct IO is
> from start pos to -1, or LLONG_MAX, and is not IO range. Is there any reason?
> In generic_file_aio_read and generic_file_direct_write(), it is from start pos
> to (pos + len - 1).
> I think xfs_flushinval_pages() should be called with same range.
Probably should be, but it will need significant testing to ensure
that it doesn't intorduce a new coherency/corruption corner case...