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SubjectRe: [PATCH][CFT] (updated) ext2 directories in pagecache
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This patch updates ext2_getblk and ext2_bread to use the ERR_PTR style 
of error return. As Al Viro pointed out, this is a better way of doing
things for a function returning a pointer. This approach would have
prevented the bug I fixed with the previous patch. 20 20 hindsight,
and I can only plead that I was following the interface of the old
ext2_getblk. But since these functions are only used only by the ext2
directory code - which in turn is the only part of ext2 that is
interested in file data - there was no problem changing the interface.

The patch is at:

http://nl.linux.org/~phillips/htree/dx.pcache-2.4.4-4

This is lightly tested and apparently stable. I wish I could say the
same for kernel 2.4.4 - cache performance sucks horribly.
(Nontechnical evaluation.) So it is probably not a good idea to take
benchmarks too seriously this month. The previous stable kernels,
2.4.2 and 2.4.3, had their problems too, fixable via patching. Maybe
next month...

This patch requires Al Viro's directory-in-page-cache patch to be
applied first, available from:

ftp://ftp.math.psu.edu/pub/viro/ext2-dir-patch-S4.gz

The other flavor of indexing patch, dx.testme..., also does
directory-in-page-cache, using the good old ext2 directory code. This
works fine and is stable, but IMHO Al's patches constitute a pretty
major cleanup.

To apply:

cd source/tree
zcat ext2-dir-patch-S4.gz | patch -p1
cat dx.pcache-2.4.4-4 | patch -p0

To create an indexed directory:

mount /dev/hdxxx /test -o index
mkdir /test/foo

--
Daniel
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