Revert "fs: do not prefault sys_write() user buffer pages"

This reverts commit 998ef75ddb5709bbea0bf1506cd2717348a3c647.

The commit itself does not appear to be buggy per se, but it is exposing
a bug in ext4 (and Ted thinks ext3 too, but we solved that by getting
rid of it).  It's too late in the release cycle to really worry about
this, even if Dave Hansen has a patch that may actually fix the
underlying ext4 problem.  We can (and should) revisit this for the next

The problem is that moving the prefaulting later now exposes a special
case with partially successful writes that isn't handled correctly.  And
the prefaulting likely isn't normally even that much of a performance
issue - it looks like at least one reason Dave saw this in his
performance tests is that he also ran them on Skylake that now supports
the new SMAP code, which makes the normally very cheap user space
prefaulting noticeably more expensive.

Bisected-and-acked-by: Ted Ts'o <>
Analyzed-and-acked-by: Dave Hansen <>
Cc: Andrew Morton <>
Signed-off-by: Linus Torvalds <>
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