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SubjectRe: Proposal and plan for ext2/3 future development work
On Thu, Jun 29, 2006 at 09:14:53PM -0400, Jeff Garzik wrote:
> Agreed overall, though specifically for delayed allocation I think
> that's an ext4 thing:
> * First off, I'm a big fan of delalloc, and (like extents) definitely
> want to see the feature implemented
> * Delayed allocation, properly done, requires careful interaction with
> VM writeback (memory pressure or normal writeout), and may require some
> minor changes to generic code in fs/* and mm/*

To be honest, I'd like to see more delayed allocation
infrastructure in the VFS itself. XFS has to maintain an entire chunk
of state for it, and I suspect ext4 will as well. I'd love to get
delayed allocation into OCFS2 someday. Why not move to where we can
share the in-memory accounting code?
Now, we'd probably want to start by prototyping it in ext4
directly. Once it's stable as a filesystem feature, we can see where
XFS and ext4 overlap, etc, etc. But I'd like to keep a more generic
direction in mind.



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