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From: David Howells <dhowells@redhat.com>
To: Dave Chinner <david@fromorbit.com>
Cc: dhowells@redhat.com, Amir Goldstein <amir73il@gmail.com>,
	linux-cachefs@redhat.com, Jeff Layton <jlayton@redhat.com>,
	David Wysochanski <dwysocha@redhat.com>,
	"Matthew Wilcox (Oracle)" <willy@infradead.org>,
	"J. Bruce Fields" <bfields@fieldses.org>,
	Christoph Hellwig <hch@infradead.org>,
	Dave Chinner <dchinner@redhat.com>,
	Alexander Viro <viro@zeniv.linux.org.uk>,
	Linux NFS Mailing List <linux-nfs@vger.kernel.org>,
	CIFS <linux-cifs@vger.kernel.org>,
	ceph-devel <ceph-devel@vger.kernel.org>,
	linux-fsdevel <linux-fsdevel@vger.kernel.org>,
	linux-kernel <linux-kernel@vger.kernel.org>,
	Miklos Szeredi <miklos@szeredi.hu>
Subject: Re: fscache: Redesigning the on-disk cache
Date: Tue, 09 Mar 2021 09:21:45 +0000	[thread overview]
Message-ID: <152281.1615281705@warthog.procyon.org.uk> (raw)
In-Reply-To: <20210308215535.GA63242@dread.disaster.area>

Dave Chinner <david@fromorbit.com> wrote:

> > > With ->fiemap() you can at least make the distinction between a non
> > > existing and an UNWRITTEN extent.
> > 
> > I can't use that for XFS, Ext4 or btrfs, I suspect.  Christoph and Dave's
> > assertion is that the cache can't rely on the backing filesystem's metadata
> > because these can arbitrarily insert or remove blocks of zeros to bridge or
> > split extents.
> Well, that's not the big problem. The issue that makes FIEMAP
> unusable for determining if there is user data present in a file is
> that on-disk extent maps aren't exactly coherent with in-memory user
> data state.
> That is, we can have a hole on disk with delalloc user data in
> memory.  There's user data in the file, just not on disk. Same goes
> for unwritten extents - there can be dirty data in memory over an
> unwritten extent, and it won't get converted to written until the
> data is written back and the filesystem runs a conversion
> transaction.
> So, yeah, if you use FIEMAP to determine where data lies in a file
> that is being actively modified, you're going get corrupt data
> sooner rather than later.  SEEK_HOLE/DATA are coherent with in
> memory user data, so don't have this problem.

I thought you and/or Christoph said it *was* a problem to use the backing
filesystem's metadata to track presence of data in the cache because the
filesystem (or its tools) can arbitrarily insert blocks of zeros to
bridge/break up extents.

If that is the case, then that is a big problem, and SEEK_HOLE/DATA won't

If it's not a problem - maybe if I can set a mark on a file to tell the
filesystem and tools not to do that - then that would obviate the need for me
to store my own maps.


      parent reply	other threads:[~2021-03-09  9:22 UTC|newest]

Thread overview: 13+ messages / expand[flat|nested]  mbox.gz  Atom feed  top
2021-03-03 23:20 David Howells
2021-03-04 13:47 ` fscache: Redesigning the on-disk cache - LRU handling David Howells
2021-03-05  9:46 ` fscache: Redesigning the on-disk cache Amir Goldstein
2021-03-08  9:13 ` David Howells
2021-03-08 10:35   ` Amir Goldstein
2021-03-08 11:28   ` Metadata writtenback notification? -- was " David Howells
2021-03-08 22:32     ` Dave Chinner
2021-03-08 23:20       ` Matthew Wilcox
2021-03-09 11:27     ` David Howells
2021-03-08 18:54   ` J. Bruce Fields
2021-03-08 19:08   ` David Howells
2021-03-08 21:55   ` Dave Chinner
2021-03-09  9:21   ` David Howells [this message]

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