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Re: [PATCH 1/6 v2] ext4: Update inode i_size after the preallocation

To: Lukas Czerner <lczerner@xxxxxxxxxx>
Subject: Re: [PATCH 1/6 v2] ext4: Update inode i_size after the preallocation
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Date: Sun, 16 Mar 2014 23:02:01 -0400
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On Tue, Feb 25, 2014 at 08:14:34PM +0100, Lukas Czerner wrote:
> Currently in ext4_fallocate we would update inode size, c_time and sync
> the file with every partial allocation which is entirely unnecessary. It
> is true that if the crash happens in the middle of truncate we might end
> up with unchanged i size, or c_time which I do not think is really a
> problem - it does not mean file system corruption in any way. Note that
> xfs is doing things the same way e.g. update all of the mentioned after
> the allocation is done.
> This commit moves all the updates after the allocation is done. In
> addition we also need to change m_time as not only inode has been change
> bot also data regions might have changed (unwritten extents). However
> m_time will be only updated when i_size changed.
> Also we do not need to be paranoid about changing the c_time only if the
> actual allocation have happened, we can change it even if we try to
> allocate only to find out that there are already block allocated. It's
> not really a big deal and it will save us some additional complexity.
> Also use ext4_debug, instead of ext4_warning in #ifdef EXT4FS_DEBUG
> section.
> Signed-off-by: Lukas Czerner <lczerner@xxxxxxxxxx>

Further testing has shown that this patch (applied on top of the ext4
dev branch) is causing a regression failure of xfstests shared/243.

Could you take a look?

                                                - Ted

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