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authorZach Brown <>2007-10-30 11:45:46 -0700
committerLinus Torvalds <>2007-10-30 12:14:06 -0700
commitbdb76ef5a4bc8676a81034a443f1eda450b4babb (patch)
treeb4ec8736e6d4bed26f96c94d5c7c8eec0896fcd0 /mm/filemap.c
parente58b7dab272ecee09cd7bafb89d6b224cd17bbe3 (diff)
dio: fix cache invalidation after sync writes
Commit commit 65b8291c4000e5f38fc94fb2ca0cb7e8683c8a1b ("dio: invalidate clean pages before dio write") introduced a bug which stopped dio from ever invalidating the page cache after writes. It still invalidated it before writes so most users were fine. Karl Schendel reported ( ) hitting this bug when he had a buffered reader immediately reading file data after an O_DIRECT wirter had written the data. The kernel issued read-ahead beyond the position of the reader which overlapped with the O_DIRECT writer. The failure to invalidate after writes caused the reader to see stale data from the read-ahead. The following patch is originally from Karl. The following commentary is his: The below 3rd try takes on your suggestion of just invalidating no matter what the retval from the direct_IO call. I ran it thru the test-case several times and it has worked every time. The post-invalidate is probably still too early for async-directio, but I don't have a testcase for that; just sync. And, this won't be any worse in the async case. I added a test to the aio-dio-regress repository which mimics Karl's IO pattern. It verifed the bad behaviour and that the patch fixed it. I agree with Karl, this still doesn't help the case where a buffered reader follows an AIO O_DIRECT writer. That will require a bit more work. This gives up on the idea of returning EIO to indicate to userspace that stale data remains if the invalidation failed. Signed-off-by: Zach Brown <> Cc: Karl Schendel <> Cc: Benjamin LaHaise <> Cc: Andrew Morton <> Cc: Nick Piggin <> Cc: Leonid Ananiev <> Cc: Chris Mason <> Signed-off-by: Linus Torvalds <>
Diffstat (limited to 'mm/filemap.c')
1 files changed, 6 insertions, 10 deletions
diff --git a/mm/filemap.c b/mm/filemap.c
index 7c864363002..9940895f734 100644
--- a/mm/filemap.c
+++ b/mm/filemap.c
@@ -2511,21 +2511,17 @@ generic_file_direct_IO(int rw, struct kiocb *iocb, const struct iovec *iov,
retval = mapping->a_ops->direct_IO(rw, iocb, iov, offset, nr_segs);
- if (retval)
- goto out;
* Finally, try again to invalidate clean pages which might have been
- * faulted in by get_user_pages() if the source of the write was an
- * mmap()ed region of the file we're writing. That's a pretty crazy
- * thing to do, so we don't support it 100%. If this invalidation
- * fails and we have -EIOCBQUEUED we ignore the failure.
+ * cached by non-direct readahead, or faulted in by get_user_pages()
+ * if the source of the write was an mmap'ed region of the file
+ * we're writing. Either one is a pretty crazy thing to do,
+ * so we don't support it 100%. If this invalidation
+ * fails, tough, the write still worked...
if (rw == WRITE && mapping->nrpages) {
- int err = invalidate_inode_pages2_range(mapping,
- offset >> PAGE_CACHE_SHIFT, end);
- if (err && retval >= 0)
- retval = err;
+ invalidate_inode_pages2_range(mapping, offset >> PAGE_CACHE_SHIFT, end);
return retval;