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SubjectRe: [PATCH] 2/11 Ext2/3 Updates: Extended attributes, ACL, etc.
On Tue, Oct 29, 2002 at 12:22:46PM -0500, Jeff Garzik wrote:
> tytso@mit.edu wrote:
>
> >Ext2/3 forward compatibility: on-line resizing
> >
> >
> Is the interface for this going to be ext2meta? Al and sct seemed
> to agree that that was the best way act upon the filesystem metadata
> while it's online... I'll probably be updating that for 2.5.x VFS
> changes in a few weeks, that will provide safe online defrag and a
> good interface for other metadata interaction.

I'm not sure ext2meta will be sufficient. It's not just a matter of
modifying the on-disk metadata, as would be needed for defrag, but I
would also need to modify some of the in-core data structions in the
ext2/3 filesystem data structures. For example, when you resize the
filesystem, you need to increase the number of group descriptors,
which means you need to kmalloc, copy, and then kfree sbi->group_desc
out from under the mounted filesystem.

No doubt ext2meta could be modified so it could "reach out and touch"
internal ext2/3 fileststem data structures in core. But the locking
issues involved get really messy.

My original plan was to adapt Andreas Dilger's on-line resizing patch
to use the new block group layout, which would obviate the need to
take the filesystem off-line and run ext2prepare first. I'm not
opposed to trying to do it via ext2meta, but it seems like it might
get complicated and hairy quite quickly.

- Ted
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