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authorMikulas Patocka <>2020-09-05 08:12:01 -0400
committerLinus Torvalds <>2020-09-05 10:00:05 -0700
commit1ef6ea0efe8e68d0299dad44c39dc6ad9e5d1f39 (patch)
parentc70672d8d316ebd46ea447effadfe57ab7a30a50 (diff)
ext2: don't update mtime on COW faults
When running in a dax mode, if the user maps a page with MAP_PRIVATE and PROT_WRITE, the ext2 filesystem would incorrectly update ctime and mtime when the user hits a COW fault. This breaks building of the Linux kernel. How to reproduce: 1. extract the Linux kernel tree on dax-mounted ext2 filesystem 2. run make clean 3. run make -j12 4. run make -j12 at step 4, make would incorrectly rebuild the whole kernel (although it was already built in step 3). The reason for the breakage is that almost all object files depend on objtool. When we run objtool, it takes COW page fault on its .data section, and these faults will incorrectly update the timestamp of the objtool binary. The updated timestamp causes make to rebuild the whole tree. Signed-off-by: Mikulas Patocka <> Cc: Signed-off-by: Linus Torvalds <>
1 files changed, 4 insertions, 2 deletions
diff --git a/fs/ext2/file.c b/fs/ext2/file.c
index 60378ddf1424..96044f5dbc0e 100644
--- a/fs/ext2/file.c
+++ b/fs/ext2/file.c
@@ -93,8 +93,10 @@ static vm_fault_t ext2_dax_fault(struct vm_fault *vmf)
struct inode *inode = file_inode(vmf->vma->vm_file);
struct ext2_inode_info *ei = EXT2_I(inode);
vm_fault_t ret;
+ bool write = (vmf->flags & FAULT_FLAG_WRITE) &&
+ (vmf->vma->vm_flags & VM_SHARED);
- if (vmf->flags & FAULT_FLAG_WRITE) {
+ if (write) {
@@ -103,7 +105,7 @@ static vm_fault_t ext2_dax_fault(struct vm_fault *vmf)
ret = dax_iomap_fault(vmf, PE_SIZE_PTE, NULL, NULL, &ext2_iomap_ops);
- if (vmf->flags & FAULT_FLAG_WRITE)
+ if (write)
return ret;