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Re: mkfs and mount tips?

To: Leon Kolchinsky <leonk@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>, linux-xfs@xxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: Re: mkfs and mount tips?
From: Timothy Shimmin <tes@xxxxxxx>
Date: Thu, 15 Feb 2007 12:19:16 +1100
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Hi Leon,

--On 13 February 2007 10:48:15 AM +0200 Leon Kolchinsky 
<leonk@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:

I've also seen "–d unwritten=0" option:

So my question:
Is it safe to add –d unwritten=0 option to increase performance like this
(or will I lose some essential functionality)?:

My understanding (although I'm not familiar with that code),
is that unwritten extents are used in space preallocation.
So unless you reserve space for a file it will not have an effect.
And if you do, then setting "unwritten=0" will speed up writes because it 
need to flag the unwritten extents and write out the extra transactions for 
If the unwritten extents aren't flagged as such then there can be a security 
where one can read old data (other's data) for these unwritten parts.
In fact, the security issue on preallocation (1997-98 sgi-pv#705217) was what 
the idea of flagging extents as unwritten in the first place.


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