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Subject[PATCH 4.19 023/114] ext4: iomap that extends beyond EOF should be marked dirty
From: Matthew Bobrowski <>

[ Upstream commit 2e9b51d78229d5145725a481bb5464ebc0a3f9b2 ]

This patch addresses what Dave Chinner had discovered and fixed within
commit: 7684e2c4384d. This changes does not have any user visible
impact for ext4 as none of the current users of ext4_iomap_begin()
that extend files depend on IOMAP_F_DIRTY.

When doing a direct IO that spans the current EOF, and there are
written blocks beyond EOF that extend beyond the current write, the
only metadata update that needs to be done is a file size extension.

However, we don't mark such iomaps as IOMAP_F_DIRTY to indicate that
there is IO completion metadata updates required, and hence we may
fail to correctly sync file size extensions made in IO completion when
O_DSYNC writes are being used and the hardware supports FUA.

Hence when setting IOMAP_F_DIRTY, we need to also take into account
whether the iomap spans the current EOF. If it does, then we need to
mark it dirty so that IO completion will call generic_write_sync() to
flush the inode size update to stable storage correctly.

Signed-off-by: Matthew Bobrowski <>
Reviewed-by: Jan Kara <>
Reviewed-by: Ritesh Harjani <>
Signed-off-by: Theodore Ts'o <>
Signed-off-by: Sasha Levin <>
fs/ext4/inode.c | 8 +++++++-
1 file changed, 7 insertions(+), 1 deletion(-)

diff --git a/fs/ext4/inode.c b/fs/ext4/inode.c
index 00d0c4b8fa30..950e3dcff7b0 100644
--- a/fs/ext4/inode.c
+++ b/fs/ext4/inode.c
@@ -3544,8 +3544,14 @@ retry:
return ret;

+ /*
+ * Writes that span EOF might trigger an I/O size update on completion,
+ * so consider them to be dirty for the purposes of O_DSYNC, even if
+ * there is no other metadata changes being made or are pending here.
+ */
iomap->flags = 0;
- if (ext4_inode_datasync_dirty(inode))
+ if (ext4_inode_datasync_dirty(inode) ||
+ offset + length > i_size_read(inode))
iomap->flags |= IOMAP_F_DIRTY;
iomap->bdev = inode->i_sb->s_bdev;
iomap->dax_dev = sbi->s_daxdev;

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