On Thu, Feb 08, 2007 at 09:50:13AM +1100, David Chinner wrote:
> > You don't need to lock out all truncation, but you do need to lock
> > out truncation of the page in question. Instead of your i_size
> > checks, check page->mapping isn't NULL after the lock_page?
> Yes, that can be done, but we still need to know if part of
> the page is beyond EOF for when we call block_commit_write()
> and mark buffers dirty. Hence we need to check the inode size.
> I guess if we block the truncate with the page lock, then the
> inode size is not going to change until we unlock the page.
> If the inode size has already been changed but the page not yet
> removed from the mapping we'll be beyond EOF.
> So it seems to me that we can get away with not using the i_mutex
> in the generic code here.
vmtruncate changes the inode size before waiting on any pages. So,
i_size could change any time during page_mkwrite.
Since the patch does:
if (((page->index + 1) << PAGE_CACHE_SHIFT) > i_size_read(inode))
end = i_size_read(inode) & ~PAGE_CACHE_MASK;
end = PAGE_CACHE_SIZE;
It would be a good idea to read i_size once and put it in a local var
The FS truncate op should be locking the last page in the file to make
sure it is properly zero filled. The worst case should be that we zero
too many bytes in page_mkwrite (expanding truncate past our current
i_size), but at least it won't expose stale data.