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From: "Theodore Y. Ts'o" <tytso@mit.edu>
To: Matthew Wilcox <willy@infradead.org>
Cc: Jeff Layton <jlayton@kernel.org>,
	"Darrick J. Wong" <darrick.wong@oracle.com>,
	linux-fsdevel@vger.kernel.org, fstests@vger.kernel.org,
	xfs <linux-xfs@vger.kernel.org>
Subject: Re: [PATCH] fs: clear writeback errors in inode_init_always
Date: Sun, 20 May 2018 12:29:54 -0400	[thread overview]
Message-ID: <20180520162954.GA5250@thunk.org> (raw)
In-Reply-To: <20180520125843.GA25612@bombadil.infradead.org>

On Sun, May 20, 2018 at 05:58:43AM -0700, Matthew Wilcox wrote:
> On Sun, May 20, 2018 at 07:45:31AM -0400, Jeff Layton wrote:
> > [PATCH] loop: clear wb_err in bd_inode when detaching backing file
> 
> Is this the right thing to do?  Putting the test-suite aside for the
> moment, if I have a loop device on a file and I hit a real error on the
> storage backing that file, I don't see why detaching the loop device
> from the file should clear the error.
> 
> I'm really tempted to say that we should fix the test-suite to consume
> the error; once it's been read by at least one reader, it won't go back
> to zero, but neither will it show up for new readers.

You can't detach the backing store if there are any open file
descriptors (or if there is another loop device keeping the loop
device open, or if there is a file system mounted on it, etc.).

If you can detach the backing store, once you detach the backing
store, the loop device is *gone*.  The user of /dev/loop0 will very
likely be a completely different backing store, so returning an error
simply doesn't make any sense.  There is a very good chance it will be
a completely different backing store, with potentially a different
user, so returning a carried over error is just going confuse, annoy,
and anger the user.....

					- Ted

  parent reply	other threads:[~2018-05-20 16:30 UTC|newest]

Thread overview: 30+ messages / expand[flat|nested]  mbox.gz  Atom feed  top
2018-05-18 22:50 commit b4678df184b causing xfstests regressions Theodore Y. Ts'o
2018-05-19  2:17 ` Matthew Wilcox
2018-05-19 13:09 ` Jeff Layton
2018-05-19 15:25   ` Darrick J. Wong
2018-05-19 15:27   ` [PATCH] fs: clear writeback errors in inode_init_always Darrick J. Wong
2018-05-19 15:36     ` Matthew Wilcox
2018-05-21 17:54       ` Darrick J. Wong
2018-05-22 10:30         ` Jeff Layton
2018-05-22 22:09           ` Dave Chinner
2018-05-23 10:56             ` Jeff Layton
2018-05-24  3:59               ` Dave Chinner
2018-05-19 23:19     ` Theodore Y. Ts'o
2018-05-20 11:45       ` Jeff Layton
2018-05-20 12:58         ` Matthew Wilcox
2018-05-20 13:18           ` Jeff Layton
2018-05-20 16:29           ` Theodore Y. Ts'o [this message]
2018-05-20 19:20             ` Matthew Wilcox
2018-05-20 19:41               ` Theodore Y. Ts'o
2018-05-21 11:20                 ` Jeff Layton
2018-05-21 14:43                   ` Theodore Y. Ts'o
2018-05-20 17:57         ` Theodore Y. Ts'o
2018-05-22  4:06     ` [PATCH v2] " Darrick J. Wong
2018-05-22 10:14       ` Jeff Layton
2018-05-22 12:14       ` Brian Foster
2018-05-22 14:37         ` Darrick J. Wong
2018-05-22 16:43     ` [PATCH v3] " Darrick J. Wong
2018-05-22 18:40       ` Brian Foster
2018-05-22 18:47         ` Darrick J. Wong
2018-05-22 22:05       ` Dave Chinner
2018-05-23  3:00         ` Darrick J. Wong

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