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Re: Difference between XFS_IOC_FREESP and XFS_IOC_UNRESVSP

To: Steve Lord <lord@xxxxxxx>
Subject: Re: Difference between XFS_IOC_FREESP and XFS_IOC_UNRESVSP
From: "Ian S. Nelson" <ian.nelson@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Tue, 09 Oct 2001 12:41:39 -0600
Cc: Eric Sandeen <sandeen@xxxxxxx>, "linux-xfs@xxxxxxxxxxx" <linux-xfs@xxxxxxxxxxx>
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Steve Lord wrote:

> > So the fcntl is different from the ioctl?
> No, Irix uses fcntl for these calls, we made them ioctl calls on Linux.

good, I was starting to sweat that a little.  I thought they were implemented in

> >
> > What I'm trying to do is poke a hole in a file where there used to be data.
> > The
> > specific application is with a big long stream of mpeg data and we want to
> > truncate it from the front to avoid running out of disk space.
> >
> >
> > Here is my function:
> >
> > int trim(int fd, unsigned long long offset)
> > {
> >         struct xfs_flock64 flock;
> >         int rc;
> >
> >         flock.l_whence = 0;
> >         flock.l_start = 0;
> >         flock.l_len = offset;
> >
> >         rc = ioctl( fd, XFS_IOC_UNRESVSP, &flock );
> >         printf("rc: %d\n", rc);
> > }
> >
> >
> > When I put an XFS_IOC_FREESP in then it makes a zero length file.  If I put
> > XFS_IOC_UNRESVSP in then it looks like it pokes a hole in the whole file.  
> > Am
> >  I
> > trying to do something that XFS on linux won't do?
> To remove space from a file you should use UNRESVSP, FREESP will only work
> at the end of the file I think.
> You say UNRESVSP is poking a hole in the whole file, are you saying that
> the complete contents disappear? Can you run the xfs_bmap -v command on
> the file before and after your program? This will report what the extents
> look like and should report the space being removed.

I will do that immediately and post a follow up as soon as I'm done.

> Note that neither call can change the file offset of the data, so you
> cannot remove the first Mbyte from a file and have what used to be the
> second Mbyte appear as the start of the file, you can merely free the
> space used by the first Mbyte.

That is exactly what I want.  I'm building a TiVo  and so we are always 
what is on live TV so that the user can pause it and go back.  We just want to 
able to free space if the user leaves the box on for a week and never changes
channel or does something to cause us to start the recording over.  With our 
indexing, I think it's actually easier to have a sparse file of the same 
and then to just remember that we cut the front out of it...

Thank you for you help and I'll post a follow up in a few minutes.

Ian Nelson

> It is entirely possible you are hitting a bug in the XFS linux code here,
> these calls are not frequently used.
> Steve

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