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From: Ira Weiny <ira.weiny@intel.com>
To: Dave Chinner <david@fromorbit.com>
Cc: Boaz Harrosh <boaz@plexistor.com>,
	linux-kernel@vger.kernel.org,
	Alexander Viro <viro@zeniv.linux.org.uk>,
	"Darrick J. Wong" <darrick.wong@oracle.com>,
	Dan Williams <dan.j.williams@intel.com>,
	Christoph Hellwig <hch@lst.de>,
	"Theodore Y. Ts'o" <tytso@mit.edu>, Jan Kara <jack@suse.cz>,
	linux-ext4@vger.kernel.org, linux-xfs@vger.kernel.org,
	linux-fsdevel@vger.kernel.org
Subject: Re: [PATCH 0/5] Enable per-file/directory DAX operations
Date: Thu, 31 Oct 2019 09:17:58 -0700	[thread overview]
Message-ID: <20191031161757.GA14771@iweiny-DESK2.sc.intel.com> (raw)
In-Reply-To: <20191027221039.GL4614@dread.disaster.area>

On Mon, Oct 28, 2019 at 09:10:39AM +1100, Dave Chinner wrote:
> On Fri, Oct 25, 2019 at 01:49:26PM -0700, Ira Weiny wrote:

[snip]

> 
> > Currently this works if I remount the fs or if I use <procfs>/drop_caches like
> > Boaz mentioned.
> 
> drop_caches frees all the dentries that don't have an active
> references before it iterates over inodes, thereby dropping the
> cached reference(s) to the inode that pins it in memory before it
> iterates the inode LRU.
> 
> > Isn't there a way to get xfs to do that on it's own?
> 
> Not reliably. Killing all the dentries doesn't guarantee the inode
> will be reclaimed immediately. The ioctl() itself requires an open
> file reference to the inode, and there's no telling how many other
> references there are to the inode that the filesystem a) can't find,
> and b) even if it can find them, it is illegal to release them.
> 
> IOWs, if you are relying on being able to force eviction of inode
> from the cache for correct operation of a user controlled flag, then
> it's just not going to work.

Agree, I see the difficulty of forcing the effective flag to change in this
path.  However, the only thing I am relying on is that the ioctl will change
the physical flag.

IOW I am proposing that the semantic be that changing the physical flag does
_not_ immediately change the effective flag.  With that clarified up front the
user can adjust accordingly.

After thinking about this more I think there is a strong use case to be able to
change the physical flag on a non-zero length file.  That use case is to be
able to restore files from backups.

Therefore, having the effective flag flip at some later time when the a_ops can
safely be changed (for example a remount/drop_cache event) is beneficial.

I propose the user has no direct control over this event and it is mainly used
to restore files from backups which is mainly an admin operation where a
remount is a reasonable thing to do.

Users direct control of the effective flag is through inheritance.  The user
needs to create the file in a DAX enable dir and they get effective operation
right away.

If in the future we can determine a safe way to trigger the a_ops change we can
add that to the semantic as an alternative for users.

Ira

> 
> Cheers,
> 
> Dave.
> -- 
> Dave Chinner
> david@fromorbit.com

  reply	other threads:[~2019-10-31 16:18 UTC|newest]

Thread overview: 33+ messages / expand[flat|nested]  mbox.gz  Atom feed  top
2019-10-20 15:59 ira.weiny
2019-10-20 15:59 ` [PATCH 1/5] fs/stat: Define DAX statx attribute ira.weiny
2019-10-22 11:32   ` Boaz Harrosh
2019-10-22 16:51     ` Ira Weiny
2019-10-20 15:59 ` [PATCH 2/5] fs/xfs: Isolate the physical DAX flag from effective ira.weiny
2019-10-21  0:26   ` Dave Chinner
2019-10-21 17:40     ` Ira Weiny
2019-10-20 15:59 ` [PATCH 3/5] fs/xfs: Separate functionality of xfs_inode_supports_dax() ira.weiny
2019-10-20 15:59 ` [PATCH 4/5] fs/xfs: Clean up DAX support check ira.weiny
2019-10-20 15:59 ` [PATCH 5/5] fs/xfs: Allow toggle of physical DAX flag ira.weiny
2019-10-21  0:45   ` Dave Chinner
2019-10-21 22:49     ` Ira Weiny
2019-10-21 23:46       ` Dave Chinner
2019-11-08 13:12       ` Jan Kara
2019-11-08 13:46         ` Jan Kara
2019-11-08 19:36           ` Ira Weiny
2019-11-11 16:07             ` Jan Kara
2019-11-11 23:54               ` Ira Weiny
2019-10-22 11:21 ` [PATCH 0/5] Enable per-file/directory DAX operations Boaz Harrosh
2019-10-23 13:09   ` Boaz Harrosh
2019-10-23 22:13     ` Dave Chinner
2019-10-24  2:31       ` Boaz Harrosh
2019-10-24  7:34         ` Dave Chinner
2019-10-24 14:05           ` Boaz Harrosh
2019-10-24 21:35             ` Dave Chinner
2019-10-24 23:29               ` Boaz Harrosh
2019-10-25  0:36                 ` Dave Chinner
2019-10-25  1:15                   ` Boaz Harrosh
2019-10-25 20:49                   ` Ira Weiny
2019-10-27 22:10                     ` Dave Chinner
2019-10-31 16:17                       ` Ira Weiny [this message]
2019-11-01 22:47                         ` Dave Chinner
2019-11-02  4:25                           ` Dan Williams

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