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Subject[PATCH v2] fs: fix lost error code in dio_complete
commit e259221763a40403d5bb232209998e8c45804ab8 ("fs: simplify the
generic_write_sync prototype") reworked callers of generic_write_sync(),
and ended up dropping the error return for the directio path. Prior to
that commit, in dio_complete(), an error would be bubbled up the stack,
but after that commit, errors passed on to dio_complete were eaten up.

This was reported on the list earlier, and a fix was proposed in, but
never followed up with. We recently hit this bug in our testing where
fencing io errors, which were previously erroring out with EIO, were
being returned as success operations after this commit.

The fix proposed on the list earlier was a little short -- it would have
still called generic_write_sync() in case `ret` already contained an
error. This fix ensures generic_write_sync() is only called when there's
no pending error in the write. Additionally, transferred is replaced
with ret to bring this code in line with other callers.

Reported-by: Ravi Nankani <>
Signed-off-by: Maximilian Heyne <>
Reviewed-by: Christoph Hellwig <>
CC: Torsten Mehlan <>
CC: Uwe Dannowski <>
CC: Amit Shah <>
CC: David Woodhouse <>
v2: add description for s/transferred/ret/ change

fs/direct-io.c | 4 ++--
1 file changed, 2 insertions(+), 2 deletions(-)

diff --git a/fs/direct-io.c b/fs/direct-io.c
index 722d17c88edb..41a0e97252ae 100644
--- a/fs/direct-io.c
+++ b/fs/direct-io.c
@@ -325,8 +325,8 @@ static ssize_t dio_complete(struct dio *dio, ssize_t ret, unsigned int flags)
dio->iocb->ki_pos += transferred;

- if (dio->op == REQ_OP_WRITE)
- ret = generic_write_sync(dio->iocb, transferred);
+ if (ret > 0 && dio->op == REQ_OP_WRITE)
+ ret = generic_write_sync(dio->iocb, ret);
dio->iocb->ki_complete(dio->iocb, ret, 0);


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