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SubjectRe: ext2 directory size bug (?)
On Sat, Dec 02, 2000 at 12:14:34AM -0500, Alexander Viro wrote:

Not really. Anything that modifies directories holds both ->i_sem and
->i_zombie, lookups hold ->i_sem and emptiness checks (i.e. victim in
rmdir and overwriting rename) hold ->i_zombie, readdir holds both.

what performance issues does this raise in the cast of a directory
with _many_ files in it -- when we are renaming often involving that
directory?

I ask this because certain MTAs do just that; and when you have
10,000 to 100,000 messages queued I immagine you might spend much of
your time waiting for ->i_sem locks?

Truncating is a piece of cake. Repacking is not a good idea,
though, since you are risking massive corruption in case of dirty
shutdown in the wrong moment.

ext2 directories seem somewhat susepctable to corruption on badly
timed shutdowns anyhow; and I don't think there is any way to do
atomic writes to them with most disk hardware is there?


--cw
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