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SubjectRe: partially encrypted filesystem
Date wrote:
> On Sat, 2003-12-06 at 00:50 +0000, Phillip Lougher wrote:
> > Of course, all this is at the logical file level, and ignores the
> > physical blocks on disk. All filesystems assume physical data blocks
> > can be updated in place. With compression it is possible a new physical
> > block has to be found, especially if blocks are highly packed and not
> > aligned to block boundaries. I expect this is at least partially why
> > JFFS2 is a log structured filesystem.
> Not really. JFFS2 is a log structured file system because it's designed
> to work on _flash_, not on block devices. You have an eraseblock size of
> typically 64KiB, you can clear bits in that 'block' all you like till
> they're all gone or you're bored, then you have to erase it back to all
> 0xFF again and start over.

Curiously, I am aware of how flash and log structured filesystems work.

> JFFS2 was designed to avoid that inefficient extra layer, and work
> directly on the flash. Since overwriting stuff in-place is so difficult,
> or requires a whole new translation layer to map 'logical' addresses to
> physical addresses, it was decided just to ditch the idea that physical
> locality actually means _anything_.

Maybe okay for a flash filesystem which is slow anyway, but many filesystem designers *are* concerned about physical locality of blocks, for example video filesystems.
> Given that design, compression just dropped into place; it was trivial.

Or maybe 'not in(to)-place' :-) I don't think I was saying compression is difficult, it is not difficult if you've designed the filesystem correctly.


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