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Re: [PATCH v2] xfs: Make fiemap works with sparse file.

To: Tao Ma <tao.ma@xxxxxxxxxx>
Subject: Re: [PATCH v2] xfs: Make fiemap works with sparse file.
From: Dave Chinner <david@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Mon, 14 Jun 2010 22:29:12 +1000
Cc: xfs@xxxxxxxxxxx, linux-kernel@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx, sandeen@xxxxxxxxxxx, Alex Elder <aelder@xxxxxxx>, Christoph Hellwig <hch@xxxxxx>
In-reply-to: <20100614002705.GA6590@dastard>
References: <1276308495-14267-1-git-send-email-tao.ma@xxxxxxxxxx> <20100614002705.GA6590@dastard>
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On Mon, Jun 14, 2010 at 10:27:06AM +1000, Dave Chinner wrote:
> On Sat, Jun 12, 2010 at 10:08:15AM +0800, Tao Ma wrote:
> > The reason is that in xfs_getbmap we will
> > calculate holes and set it in 'out', while out is malloced by
> > bmv_count(fi_extent_max+1) which didn't consider holes. So in the
> > worst case, if 'out' vector looks like
> > [hole, extent, hole, extent, hole, ... hole, extent, hole],
> > we will only return half of fi_extent_max extents.
> Right, it's not broken, we simply return less than fi_extent_mex
> extents when there are holes. I don't see that as a problem as
> applications have to handle that case anyway, and....
> > So in xfs_vn_fiemap, we should consider this worst case. If the
> > user wants fi_extent_max extents, we need a 'out' with size of
> > 2 *fi_extent_max + 2(one more the header).
> That's rather dangerous, I think. It relies on other code to catch
> the buffer overrun that this sets up for fragmented, non-sparse
> files. Personally I'd much prefer to return fewer extents for sparse
> files than to add a landmine like this into the kernel code....

I just had a thought - if you want to avoid holes being reported to
fiemap, then add a BMV_IF_NO_HOLES flag to xfs_getbmap() and skip
holes in the mappin gloop when this flag is set. That will make
fiemap fill in the full number of extents without hacking the
extent count...


Dave Chinner

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