On Thu, 2004-01-08 at 14:06, Steve Lord wrote:
> Joshua Schmidlkofer wrote:
> >[Nvidia + 2.6.1-rc1-mm2 + XFS]
> >I saw a similar case recently. [But no proveable metrics] I deleted
> >about 10 gig of files from my NWN Saves directory. When I df'd
> >afterwards, I had gone from 5GB free to 33GB free.
> >I did not think to report it, I just thought that I made a mistake. But
> >after this report, I thought I should mention it.
> >I had tons of hard links, with like 5 directories, from various patch
> >versions, and a lot of links were released. I don't have an
> This could all be related to delayed allocation. During write system
> calls xfs does
> not actually allocate real disk blocks, it reserves all the potential
> blocks needed from
> the superblock counters. This is reflected in the df output. The
> potential blocks
> needed is a worst case estimate, all the space needed for the data, plus
> the worst
> case estimate of the metadata needed to point at it, which is when xfs
> ends up
> using a seperate extent for each block in the file. When the data is
> actually flushed
> out to disk, all the prereserved space which was not actually used it
> put back into
> the super block counters.
> When the filesystem is nearly full, a space allocation from write can
> fail, it attempts
> reclaim space by flushing out delayed allocate data. So writing a 300M
> file probably
> did consume 300M, but the space was reclaimed by flushing other delayed
> No guarantees that this is what is happening, but it should go some way
> to explaining
> fluctuations in the free space on a near full filesystem.
Just FYI - these files accumulated over the course of about 10 months,
then two days ago, for the first time, I pruned.
I will watch for this in the future and see what I get.