Re: [PATCH 24/29] xfs: support nowait for xfs_buf_read_map()

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On Fri, Aug 25, 2023 at 09:54:26PM +0800, Hao Xu wrote:
> From: Hao Xu <howeyxu@xxxxxxxxxxx>
> This causes xfstests generic/232 hung in umount process, waiting for ail
> push, so I comment it for now, need some hints from xfs folks.
> Not a real patch.
> Signed-off-by: Hao Xu <howeyxu@xxxxxxxxxxx>
> ---
>  fs/xfs/xfs_buf.c | 7 +++++++
>  1 file changed, 7 insertions(+)
> diff --git a/fs/xfs/xfs_buf.c b/fs/xfs/xfs_buf.c
> index cdad80e1ae25..284962a9f31a 100644
> --- a/fs/xfs/xfs_buf.c
> +++ b/fs/xfs/xfs_buf.c
> @@ -828,6 +828,13 @@ xfs_buf_read_map(
>  	trace_xfs_buf_read(bp, flags, _RET_IP_);
>  	if (!(bp->b_flags & XBF_DONE)) {
> +//		/*
> +//		 * Let's bypass the _xfs_buf_read() for now
> +//		 */
> +//		if (flags & XBF_NOWAIT) {
> +//			xfs_buf_relse(bp);
> +//			return -EAGAIN;
> +//		}

This is *fundamentally broken*, and apart from anything else breaks

IF we asked for a read, we cannot instantiate the buffer and then
*not issue any IO on it* and release it. That leaves an
uninitialised buffer in memory, and there's every chance that
something then trips over it and bad things happen.

A buffer like this *must* be errored out and marked stale so that
the next access to it will then re-initialise the buffer state and
trigger any preparatory work that needs to be done for the new

This comes back to my first comments that XBF_TRYLOCK cannot simpy
be replaced with XBF_NOWAIT semantics...

Dave Chinner

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