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SubjectRe: [PATCH][CFT] (updated) ext2 directories in pagecache
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I previously wrote:
> I was looking at the new patch, and I saw something that puzzles me.
> Why do you set the EXT2_INDEX_FL on a new (empty) directory, rather
> than only setting it when the dx_root index is created?
>
> Setting the flag earlier than that makes it mostly useless, since it
> will be set on basically every directory. Not setting it would also
> make your is_dx() check simply a check for the EXT2_INDEX_FL bit (no
> need to also check size).
>
> Also no need to set EXT2_COMPAT_DIR_INDEX until such a time that we have
> a (real) directory with an index, to avoid gratuitous incompatibility
> with e2fsck.

I have changed the code to do the following:
- If the COMPAT_DIR_INDEX flag is set at mount/remount time, set the
INDEX mount option (the same as "mount -o index"). This removes
the need to specify the "-o index" option each time for filesystems
which already have indexed directories.
- New directories NEVER have the INDEX flag set on them.
- If the INDEX mount option is set, then when directories grow past 1
block (and have the index added) they will get the directory INDEX
flag set and turn on the superblock COMPAT_DIR_INDEX flag (if off).

This means that you can have common code for indexed and non-indexed ext2
filesystems, and the admin either needs to explicitly set COMPAT_DIR_INDEX
in the superblock or mount with "-o index" (and create a directory > 1 block).

I have also added some tricks to ext2_inc_count() and ext2_dec_count() so
that indexed directories are not subject to the EXT2_LINK_MAX. I've done
the same as reiserfs, and set i_nlink = 1 if we overflow EXT2_LINK_MAX
(which has been increased to 65500 for indexed directories). Apparently
i_nlink = 1 is the right think to do w.r.t. find and other user tools.

Patches need some light testing before being posted.

Cheers, Andreas
--
Andreas Dilger \ "If a man ate a pound of pasta and a pound of antipasto,
\ would they cancel out, leaving him still hungry?"
http://www-mddsp.enel.ucalgary.ca/People/adilger/ -- Dogbert
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