On Wed, Oct 12, 2016 at 08:06:40AM +1100, Dave Chinner wrote:
> Um, I seem to have completely missed that change - when did that
> happen and why?
> 
> Oh, it was part of the misguided "enable DAX on block devices"
> changes -

o, that commit just switched it to use ->f_mapping:

-       return (filp->f_flags & O_DIRECT) || IS_DAX(file_inode(filp));
+       return (filp->f_flags & O_DIRECT) || IS_DAX(filp->f_mapping->host);

The original version of it goes all the way back to introducing the
current-day DAX code in d475c6346 ("dax,ext2: replace XIP read and write
with DAX I/O");

> Hence I'd suggest that DAX check in io_is_direct() should be removed
> ASAP; the filesystems don't need it as they check the inode DAX
> state directly, and the code it "fixed" is no longer in the tree.

As long as ext4 still uses the overloaded direct_IO we need the
checks for DAX in the filemap.c generic read/write code.  It seems
like that's only two spots anyway, but I'd feel much safer once ext4
is switched over to the iomap version of the dax code.
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