Bug 458765 - In linux-2.6.26 / 2.03.06, GFS1 can't create more than 4kb file.
In linux-2.6.26 / 2.03.06, GFS1 can't create more than 4kb file.
Product: Fedora
Classification: Fedora
Component: GFS-kernel (Show other bugs)
i386 Linux
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Assigned To: Abhijith Das
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Reported: 2008-08-12 01:41 EDT by kyung-pyo,kim
Modified: 2009-12-17 08:53 EST (History)
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Description kyung-pyo,kim 2008-08-12 01:41:28 EDT
Description of problem:

Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
- linux-2.6.26 vanilla
- cluster-2.03.06
- openais-0.80.3
- LVM2.2.02.39
- device-mapper.1.02.27

How reproducible:
- Always

Steps to Reproduce:
1. mkfs.gfs -p lock_dlm -t alpha:test -j3 /dev/vg/lv
2. mount -t gfs /dev/vg/lv /gfs
3. dd if=/dev/zero of=/gfs/test_4KB bs=1k count=4
Actual results:
-rw-r--r--  1 root root    0 Aug 12 20:44 test_4KB

Expected results:
-rw-r--r--  1 root root   4k Aug 12 20:44 test_4KB

Additional info:
when df, disk usage is correct report. 
in linux- / 2.03.05, every thing ok.

Hardware info:
- Intel SR2500 server, Intel(R) Xeon(TM) CPU 3.00GHz daul
- 1GB Mem
- Qlogic 2300 HBA
- Silkworm SAN Switch
- Mylex Array
Comment 1 kyung-pyo,kim 2008-08-12 02:15:42 EDT
In brust dd io test, dd command returns ok.
When monitoring with iostat, i can't found data transfer io but some meta update io.
Comment 2 Robert Peterson 2008-08-13 13:09:55 EDT
The thing is, GFS is not part of the upstream kernel.  It's out-of-tree,
so we don't track the changes needed for upstream kernels as closely as
we could.  On the other hand, GFS2 is part of the upstream kernel, so
GFS2 is kept more in sync with upstream kernels.

I changed bz product to Fedora, since this is reported on an upstream
kernel.  I tested the scenario and it works under RHEL.  I'll try to
recreate the problem with an upstream kernel and debug it from there.
Comment 3 Abhijith Das 2008-10-13 16:55:56 EDT
This change from commit: http://git.fedorahosted.org/git/cluster.git?p=cluster.git;a=commitdiff;h=95a0ca2bd81ead2036ed609d71cb4c3e1e21960a is the culprit.

diff -Nupr a/gfs-kernel/src/gfs/ops_address.c b/gfs-kernel/src/gfs/ops_address.c
--- a/gfs-kernel/src/gfs/ops_address.c  2008-07-14 00:19:23.000000000 -0500
+++ b/gfs-kernel/src/gfs/ops_address.c  2008-08-01 04:24:09.000000000 -0500
@@ -404,7 +404,7 @@ gfs_commit_write(struct file *file, stru
                if (inode->i_size < file_size)
                        i_size_write(inode, file_size);
        } else {
-               error = generic_commit_write(file, page, from, to);
+               error = block_commit_write(page, from, to);
                if (error)
                        goto fail;

generic_commit_write used to do this:

loff_t pos = ((loff_t)page->index << PAGE_CACHE_SHIFT) + to;
 * No need to use i_size_read() here, the i_size
 * cannot change under us because we hold i_mutex.
if (pos > inode->i_size) {
        i_size_write(inode, pos);

By calling block_commit_write instead of generic_commit_write, we don't update the inode size although we write the data blocks to disk.

A simple fix is doing what generic_commit_write used to do around block_commit_write. i.e something like:

--- ops_address.c.orig	2008-10-13 15:51:00.000000000 -0500
+++ ops_address.c	2008-10-13 15:52:12.000000000 -0500
@@ -404,9 +404,14 @@ gfs_commit_write(struct file *file, stru
 		if (inode->i_size < file_size)
 			i_size_write(inode, file_size);
 	} else {
+		loff_t pos = ((loff_t)page->index << PAGE_CACHE_SHIFT) + to;
 		error = block_commit_write(page, from, to);
 		if (error)
 			goto fail;
+		if (pos > inode->i_size) {
+			i_size_write(inode, pos);
+			mark_inode_dirty(inode);
+		}
 	ip->gfs_file_aops.commit_write = NULL;

I'll look at other fses to see if there's a better way to do it, otherwise we'll have to do the above.
Comment 4 Frederik Schueler 2008-10-14 06:42:45 EDT

I digged around in linux-2.6 and found the following:

one year ago, new aops where introduced, and the obsoleted function was removed in .26. A commit for ext3 for example is changeset f4fc66a894546bdc88a775d0e83ad20a65210bcb

others can be found here:


basically, generic_commit_write has to be replaced with generic_write_end not with generic_block_write.

Best regards
Frederik Schüler
Comment 5 Frederik Schueler 2008-10-14 07:53:22 EDT

the gfs2 changeset in linux-2.6 is 7765ec26ae1c01bb29bedf910e4efcced8cc81d2

best regards
Frederik Schüler
Comment 6 Abhijith Das 2008-10-20 01:25:52 EDT
Checked in the workaround in comment #3 to STABLE2 and master until we fix it the right way and use write_begin/write_end instead of the prepare_write/commit_write interface we currently use.
Comment 7 Bug Zapper 2008-11-25 21:44:47 EST
This bug appears to have been reported against 'rawhide' during the Fedora 10 development cycle.
Changing version to '10'.

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Comment 8 Abhijith Das 2009-05-15 11:19:10 EDT
GFS2 has been using the write_begin/write_end interface for sometime now. Marking this bug modified.
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