I have the updated patches ready which take care of Andrew's comments.
Will run some tests and post them soon.
But, before submitting these patches, I think it will be better to finalize
on certain things which might be worth some discussion here:
1) Should the file size change when preallocation is done beyond EOF ?
- Andreas and Chris Wedgwood are in favor of not changing the
file size in this case. I also tend to agree with them. Does anyone
has an argument in favor of changing the filesize ?
If not, I will remove the code which changes the filesize, before I
resubmit the concerned ext4 patch.
2) For FA_UNALLOCATE mode, should the file system allow unallocation
of normal (non-preallocated) blocks (blocks allocated via
regular write/truncate operations) also (i.e. work as punch()) ?
- Though FA_UNALLOCATE mode is yet to be implemented on ext4, still
we need to finalize on the convention here as a general guideline
to all the filesystems that implement fallocate.
3) If above is true, the file size will need to be changed
for "unallocation" when block holding the EOF gets unallocated.
- If we do not "unallocate" normal (non-preallocated) blocks and we
do not change the file size on preallocation, then this is a
4) Should we update mtime & ctime on a successfull allocation/
- David Chinner raised this question in following post:
I think it makes sense to update the [mc]time for a successfull
preallocation/unallocation. Does anyone feel otherwise ?
It will be interesting to know how XFS behaves currently. Does XFS
update [mc]time for preallocation ?