Re: [PATCH 18/18] xfs: use iolock on XFS_IOC_ALLOCSP calls

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On 04/13/12 07:11, Dave Chinner wrote:
From: Dave Chinner<dchinner@xxxxxxxxxx>

fsstress has a particular effective way of stopping debug XFS
kernels. We keep seeing assert failures due finding delayed
allocation extents where there should be none. This shows up when
extracting extent maps and we are holding all the locks we should be
to prevent races, so this really makes no sense to see these errors.

After checking that fsstress does not use mmap, it occurred to me
that fsstress uses something that no sane application uses - the
XFS_IOC_ALLOCSP ioctl interfaces for preallocation. These interfaces
do allocation of blocks beyond EOF without using preallocation, and
then call setattr to extend and zero the allocated blocks.

THe problem here is this is a buffered write, and hence the
allocation is a delayed allocation. Unlike the buffered IO path, the
allocation and zeroing are not serialised using the IOLOCK. Hence
the ALLOCSP operation can race with operations holding the iolock to
prevent buffered IO operations from occurring.

Signed-off-by: Dave Chinner<dchinner@xxxxxxxxxx>
Reviewed-by: Christoph Hellwig<hch@xxxxxx>
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Looks good.

Reviewed-by: Mark Tinguely <tinguely@xxxxxxx>

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