Re: [PATCH v4 07/11] iomap: fix iomap_dio_zero() for fs bs > system page size

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On Thu, Apr 25, 2024 at 11:22:35PM -0700, Christoph Hellwig wrote:
> On Thu, Apr 25, 2024 at 01:37:42PM +0200, Pankaj Raghav (Samsung) wrote:
> > From: Pankaj Raghav <p.raghav@xxxxxxxxxxx>
> > 
> > iomap_dio_zero() will pad a fs block with zeroes if the direct IO size
> > < fs block size. iomap_dio_zero() has an implicit assumption that fs block
> > size < page_size. This is true for most filesystems at the moment.
> > 
> > If the block size > page size, this will send the contents of the page
> > next to zero page(as len > PAGE_SIZE) to the underlying block device,
> > causing FS corruption.
> > 
> > iomap is a generic infrastructure and it should not make any assumptions
> > about the fs block size and the page size of the system.
> So what happened to the plan to making huge_zero_page a folio and have
> it available for non-hugetlb setups?  Not only would this be cleaner
> and more efficient, but it would actually work for the case where you'd
> have to zero more than 1MB on a 4k PAGE_SIZE system, which doesn't
> seem impossible with 2MB folios.

I mentioned this Darrick in one of the older series[1] that it was
proving to be a bit complicated (at least for me) to add that support.

Currently, we reserve the ZERO_PAGE during kernel startup (arch/x86/kernel/head_64.S).

Do we go about doing the same by reserving 1 PMD (512 PTEs with base page size)
at kernel startup if we want to have zeroed 2MB (for x86) always at
our disposal to use for zeroing out?
Because allocating it during runtime will defeat the purpose.

Let me know what you think.

In anycase, I would like to pursue huge_zero_page folio separately
from this series. Also iomap_dio_zero() only pads a fs block with
zeroes, which should never be > 64k for XFS.


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