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Re: possible dev branch regression - xfstest 285/1k

To: Theodore Ts'o <tytso@xxxxxxx>
Subject: Re: possible dev branch regression - xfstest 285/1k
From: Eric Sandeen <sandeen@xxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Mon, 18 Mar 2013 21:28:22 -0500
Cc: Dave Chinner <david@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>, Eric Whitney <enwlinux@xxxxxxxxx>, Eric Sandeen <sandeen@xxxxxxxxxx>, Ben Myers <bpm@xxxxxxx>, linux-ext4@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx, xfs-oss <xfs@xxxxxxxxxxx>
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On 3/18/13 9:00 PM, Theodore Ts'o wrote:
> On Tue, Mar 19, 2013 at 12:47:18PM +1100, Dave Chinner wrote:
>> Sorry about this - I've mixed up my threads about ext4 having
>> problems with zero-out being re-enabled. I thought this was a
>> cross-post of the 218 issue....
>>
>> However, the same reasoning can be applied to 285 - the file sizes,
>> the size of the holes and the size of the data is all completely
>> arbitrary. If we make the holes in the files larger, then the
>> zero-out problem simply goes away.
> 
> Right.  That was my observation.  We can either make the holes larger,
> by changing:
> 
>    pwrite(fd, buf, bufsize, bufsize*10);
> 
> to
> 
>    pwrite(fd, buf, bufsize, bufsize*42);
>    
> ... and then changing the expected values returned by
> SEEK_HOLE/SEEK_DATA.  (By the way; this only matters when we are
> testing 1k blocks; if we are using a 4k block size in ext4, the test
> currently passes.)
> 
> Or we could set some ext4-specific tuning parameters into the #218

285! :)

> shell script, if the file system in question was ext4.
> 
> I had assumed that folks would prefer making the holes larger, but
> Eric seemed to prefer the second choice as a better one.

Ok, after the discussion I'm convinced too.  Stretching out the allocation
to avoid fill-in probably makes sense.  But maybe not "42" -
how about something much larger, so that any "reasonable" filesystem
wouldn't even consider zeroing the range in between?

-Eric

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