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SubjectRe: [PATCH v8 00/17] gfs2: Fix mmap + page fault deadlocks
On Mon, Oct 25, 2021 at 08:24:26PM +0200, Andreas Gruenbacher wrote:
> > For generic_perform_write() Dave Hansen attempted to move the fault-in
> > after the uaccess in commit 998ef75ddb57 ("fs: do not prefault
> > sys_write() user buffer pages"). This was reverted as it was exposing an
> > ext4 bug. I don't [know] whether it was fixed but re-applying Dave's commit
> > avoids the performance drop.
> Interesting. The revert of commit 998ef75ddb57 is in commit
> 00a3d660cbac. Maybe Dave and Ted can tell us more about what went
> wrong in ext4 and whether it's still an issue.

The context for the revert can be found here[1].


And "what went wrong in ext4" was fixed here[2].


which landed upstream as commit b90197b65518 ("ext4: use private
version of page_zero_new_buffers() for data=journal mode").

So it looks like the original issue which triggered the revert in 2015
should be addressed, and we can easily test it by using generic/208
with data=journal mode.

There also seems to be a related discussion about whether we should
unrevert 998ef75ddb57 here[3]. Hmm. there is a mention on that thread
in [3], "Side note: search for "iov_iter_fault_in_writeable()" on lkml
for a gfs2 patch-series that is buggy, exactly because it does *not*
use the atomic user space accesses, and just tries to do the fault-in
to hide the real bug." I assume that's related to the discussion on
this thread?


- Ted

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