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[Linux-cluster] Re: GFS



On Tue, Aug 09, 2005 at 05:49:43PM +0300, Pekka Enberg wrote:
> On Mon, 2005-08-08 at 11:32 -0700, Zach Brown wrote:
> > > Sorry if this is an obvious question but what prevents another thread
> > > from doing mmap() before we do the second walk and messing up num_gh?
> > 
> > Nothing, I suspect.  OCFS2 has a problem like this, too.  It wants a way
> > for a file system to serialize mmap/munmap/mremap during file IO.  Well,
> > more specifically, it wants to make sure that the locks it acquired at
> > the start of the IO really cover the buf regions that might fault during
> > the IO.. mapping activity during the IO can wreck that.
> 
> In addition, the vma walk will become an unmaintainable mess as soon as
> someone introduces another mmap() capable fs that needs similar locking.

We already have OCFS2 in -mm that does similar things.  I think we need
to solve this in common code before either of them can be merged.


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