[PATCH] ext4: inplace xattr block update fails to deduplicate blocks

From: Tahsin Erdogan
Date: Fri Jul 14 2017 - 20:26:15 EST

When an xattr block has a single reference, block is updated inplace
and it is reinserted to the cache. Later, a cache lookup is performed
to see whether an existing block has the same contents. This cache
lookup will most of the time return the just inserted entry so
deduplication is not achieved.

Running the following test script will produce two xattr blocks which
can be observed in "File ACL: " line of debugfs output:

mke2fs -b 1024 -I 128 -F -O extent /dev/sdb 1G
mount /dev/sdb /mnt/sdb

touch /mnt/sdb/{x,y}

setfattr -n user.1 -v aaa /mnt/sdb/x
setfattr -n user.2 -v bbb /mnt/sdb/x

setfattr -n user.1 -v aaa /mnt/sdb/y
setfattr -n user.2 -v bbb /mnt/sdb/y

debugfs -R 'stat x' /dev/sdb | cat
debugfs -R 'stat y' /dev/sdb | cat

This patch defers the reinsertion to the cache so that we can locate
other blocks with the same contents.

Signed-off-by: Tahsin Erdogan <tahsin@xxxxxxxxxx>
fs/ext4/xattr.c | 4 +---
1 file changed, 1 insertion(+), 3 deletions(-)

diff --git a/fs/ext4/xattr.c b/fs/ext4/xattr.c
index cff4f41ced61..ad4ea1cf685f 100644
--- a/fs/ext4/xattr.c
+++ b/fs/ext4/xattr.c
@@ -1815,9 +1815,6 @@ ext4_xattr_block_set(handle_t *handle, struct inode *inode,
ea_bdebug(bs->bh, "modifying in-place");
error = ext4_xattr_set_entry(i, s, handle, inode,
true /* is_block */);
- if (!error)
- ext4_xattr_block_cache_insert(ea_block_cache,
- bs->bh);
ext4_xattr_block_csum_set(inode, bs->bh);
if (error == -EFSCORRUPTED)
@@ -1973,6 +1970,7 @@ ext4_xattr_block_set(handle_t *handle, struct inode *inode,
} else if (bs->bh && s->base == bs->bh->b_data) {
/* We were modifying this block in-place. */
ea_bdebug(bs->bh, "keeping this block");
+ ext4_xattr_block_cache_insert(ea_block_cache, bs->bh);
new_bh = bs->bh;
} else {