[PATCH] ppc: Export empty_zero_page

Christoph Hellwig hch at lst.de
Thu Mar 13 21:12:48 EST 2008

On Tue, Mar 11, 2008 at 10:44:06PM -0400, Theodore Ts'o wrote:
> Stephen Rothwell discovered this issue in the linux-next tree:
> >Today's powerpc allmodconfig build of linux-next failed with:
> >
> >ERROR: "empty_zero_page" [fs/ext4/ext4dev.ko] undefined!
> >
> >This is because commit dde5f2130096f8469eb1aa1ad250cd2a39fee3f5 ("ext4:
> >ENOSPC error handling for writing to an uninitialized extent") uses
> >ZERO_PAGE() which on powerpc uses empty_zero_page which is not
> >EXPORT_SYMBOLed on powerpc.  I have reverted that commit and a later
> >one (1ae53f35fea49a9013353078e019469551d2ad74 "ext4: zero out
> >small extents when writing to prealloc area.") which depended on it.
> Any chance you could get this pushed to Linus ASAP?  It would be nice if
> this could get pushed before the merge window, since it could be argued
> that rationalizing whether or not empty_zero_page is exported is a bug
> fix, and anyway this is pretty much a zero-risk patch.  Thanks!!

The real fix is that ext4 shouldn't be using ZERO_PAGE().  Please use
the same zeroing helpers all the other filesystems and drivers use.

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