On Thu, Jun 28, 2007 at 11:49:13PM +0530, Amit K. Arora wrote:
> On Wed, Jun 27, 2007 at 09:18:04AM +1000, David Chinner wrote:
> > On Tue, Jun 26, 2007 at 11:34:13AM -0400, Andreas Dilger wrote:
> > > On Jun 26, 2007 16:02 +0530, Amit K. Arora wrote:
> > > > On Mon, Jun 25, 2007 at 03:46:26PM -0600, Andreas Dilger wrote:
> > > > > Can you clarify - what is the current behaviour when ENOSPC (or some
> > > > > other
> > > > > error) is hit? Does it keep the current fallocate() or does it free
> > > > > it?
> > > >
> > > > Currently it is left on the file system implementation. In ext4, we do
> > > > not undo preallocation if some error (say, ENOSPC) is hit. Hence it may
> > > > end up with partial (pre)allocation. This is inline with dd and
> > > > posix_fallocate, which also do not free the partially allocated space.
> > >
> > > Since I believe the XFS allocation ioctls do it the opposite way (free
> > > preallocated space on error) this should be encoded into the flags.
> > > Having it "filesystem dependent" just means that nobody will be happy.
> > No, XFs does not free preallocated space on error. it is up to the
> > application to clean up.
> Since XFS also does not free preallocated space on error and this
> behavior is inline with dd, posix_fallocate() and the current ext4
> implementation, do we still need FA_FL_FREE_ENOSPC flag ?
Not at the moment.
> > > What I mean is that any data read from the file should have the
> > > "appearance"
> > > of being zeroed (whether zeroes are actually written to disk or not).
> > > What
> > > I _think_ David is proposing is to allow fallocate() to return without
> > > marking the blocks even "uninitialized" and subsequent reads would return
> > > the old data from the disk.
> > Correct, but for swap files that's not an issue - no user should be able
> > too read them, and FA_MKSWAP would really need root privileges to execute.
> Will the FA_MKSWAP mode still be required with your suggested change of
> teaching do_mpage_readpage() about unwritten extents being in place ?
> Or, will you still like to have FA_MKSWAP mode ?
budgie:/mnt/test # xfs_io -f -c "resvsp 0 1048576" -c "truncate 1048576"
budgie:/mnt/test # mkswap swap_file
Setting up swapspace version 1, size = 1032 kB
budgie:/mnt/test # swapon -v swap_file
swapon on swap_file
budgie:/mnt/test # swapon -s
Filename Type Size Used Priority
/dev/sda2 partition 9437152 0 -1
/mnt/test/swap_file file 992 0 -2
budgie:/mnt/test # xfs_bmap -vvp swap_file
EXT: FILE-OFFSET BLOCK-RANGE AG AG-OFFSET TOTAL FLAGS
0: [0..31]: 96..127 0 (96..127) 32
1: [32..2047]: 128..2143 0 (128..2143) 2016 10000
010000 Unwritten preallocated extent
001000 Doesn't begin on stripe unit
000100 Doesn't end on stripe unit
000010 Doesn't begin on stripe width
000001 Doesn't end on stripe width
Looks like the changes work, so FA_MKSWAP is not necessary for XFS.
We can drop that for the moment unless anyone else sees a need for it.
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