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Re: [XFS Tests Punch Hole 2/3 v3] XFS TESTS: Add Fallocate Punch Hole Te

To: Dave Chinner <david@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Subject: Re: [XFS Tests Punch Hole 2/3 v3] XFS TESTS: Add Fallocate Punch Hole Test Routines
From: Allison Henderson <achender@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Thu, 19 May 2011 18:22:10 -0700
Cc: linux-fsdevel <linux-fsdevel@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>, Eric Sandeen <sandeen@xxxxxxxxxx>, Ext4 Developers List <linux-ext4@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>, xfs-oss <xfs@xxxxxxxxxxx>
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On 5/19/2011 4:56 PM, Dave Chinner wrote:
On Thu, May 19, 2011 at 11:26:23AM -0700, Allison Henderson wrote:
On 5/18/2011 6:31 PM, Dave Chinner wrote:
On Wed, May 18, 2011 at 01:58:40PM -0700, Allison Henderson wrote:
This patch adds low level routines to common.punch
for populating test files and punching holes in them using
fallocate.  When a hole is punched, file is then analyzed to
verify that the hole was punched correctly.  These routines will
be used to test various corner cases in the new fallocate
punch hole tests.

So what condition does this test cover that test 252 doesn't?

I think maybe this test is trying to be too smart and do too much,
and the verbosity is hurting my eyes. I'm giving up here because I
think it overlaps greatly with test 252, and I can't see what
addition failures this test would actually detect that fsx and 252
wouldn't. If there are corner cases that 252 isn't covering that
this test does, then I think they should be added to 252....

Hi there,

Thx for the all the reviewing on this one.  Im not quite sure I
agree that the tests are analogous though.  I did some poking around
in xfsprogs which I believe is what test 252 is using to do perform
most of its operations.  I found the code where the hole gets
punched, but I didnt find any code that does any kind of analyzing
to verify that the hole was punched correctly.

It's in the golden output - we use the "$map_cmd" output and filter
it to the normalise the data/unwritten/hole pattern, and if that
doesn't match the golden output, the test will fail. So it does
indeed test that the hole is exactly where we expect it to be, just
without needing the complex logic.

Maybe I over looked
it?  It kinda looks like the hole gets punched and it just checks
the return code (fpunch_f in io/prealloc.c right?).

For the immediate exectution of the punch, yes. That code doesn't do
the checking that there is a hole in the right place, though, which
is what the golden output checks at the end of the test do.

The reason this concerns me is that because a lot of the bugs that I
worked out during development did not show up in the form of a bad
return code or kernel oops.  Initially the tests were not automated
as they are now.  They would just perform the operations and print
out info about the file, the fs, fragmentation etc, and I would just
go through the raw output to make sure that every thing added up, as
well as just looking for anything that was out of the ordinary.  To
be honest, I feel that I caught a lot more bugs before they started
just with a careful eye, than if I had just been watching return
codes.  The above routine was meant to automate that work for
xfstests, but sense I do not see anything in xfstests or xfsprogs
that is doing any kinda of analyzing, I cannot say that I think
removing this layer provides the same level of verification.

Looking through the raw output in an automated fashion is exactly
what the filter and golden image checks do.

Unfortunately it does sound like a lot of what is going would not
work on all file systems, but I would feel better if we at least
kept the hexdumps. The reason I'm diffing hexdumps in here is
because some files get quite large and can take a while to copy, but
if they are full of repeating data the hexdumps are small.

You've got to read the files to produce hexdumps, md5sums or just
plain diff the binary files, so there's no saving in what you
propose anyway. IMO, it's just a poor way to compare two files. You
should have a golden image, and compare the test file against the
golden image. You don't need hexdump to do that, and the files. And
given the files are small, there is no reason not to copy stuff

The only thing that 252 does not do is compare the file contents to
determine whether the zeros start and stop at the correct spot.
Realistically, fsx will do a much better job of testing these corner
cases from a data POV than any manual test could ever do. Hence
it's quite valid to make the assumption that we don't need to test
the data for zeros because we have other tests that do a better job
of it...

Remember that robust unit testing is not based around the concept of
"we need to check everything in one test". It's based around the
concept that a test should be as simple as possible and test one
thing. Then you write another simple test to cover a different
aspect of the same functionality, and the test suite as a whole then
covers all the functionality needing to be verified.  fsx will cover
the "user data being zeroed correctly" cases, test 252 covers the
"hole being punched in the right place" cases. IOWs, there isn't One
True Test to test hole punching is working correctly - it's the
coverage provided by the entire suite that gives us the confidence
that hole punching is working correctly.

They can
be placed in the golden output just the same I suppose.  As much as
I would like to include output about the extents, I do not know how
that would work since the file may be inherently fragmented
differently from test to test.

That's the problem that the map output (extent) filtering fixes.

And FWIW, there's a bunch of interesting hole punching tests in the
DMAPI part of xfstests that is not normally run on mainline kernels
(no dmapi support) because punching out extents is a primary
functionality of a HSM and, as I've said before, a common place to
find data corruption bugs. IOWs, XFS has had hole punch test
coverage for a lot longer than the recent test cases have been
around. Those are tests 145, 161, 175, 176 and 185.  If we want more
robust hole punch coverage, taking those and making them run without
needing dmapi or XFS specific interfaces would be a good place to
start. We don't need to re-invent the wheel just to have generic



Hi Dave,

Thanks for all the explaining, I did not initially see how the tests were verifying the holes, but I think that is a sufficient test then. I am ok with just adding the non overlapping tests, and I will take a peek at those older tests.

Also, there was one more test that I meant to be a part of this collection, but I was not finished with it at the time I submitted the patch for feedback. Basically it checks to see if a hole can still be punched out when the disk is full. In ext4 this is allowable because reserved space is used to allow the operation to proceed where it would have otherwise failed. I'm not sure if this is also ext4 specific though. Would this be another candidate for adding to 252? Thx!

Allison Henderson

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