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SubjectRe: [RFC] Heads up on sys_fallocate()
On Tue 06-03-07 06:36:09, Ulrich Drepper wrote:
> Christoph Hellwig wrote:
> > fallocate with the whence argument and flags is already quite complicated,
> > I'd rather have another call for placement decisions, that would
> > be called on an fd to do placement decissions for any further allocations
> > (prealloc, write, etc)
>
> Yes, posix_fallocate shouldn't be made more complicated. But I don't
> understand why requesting linear layout of the blocks should be an
> option. It's always an advantage if the blocks requested this way are
> linear on disk. So, the kernel should always do its best to make this
> happen, without needing an additional option.
Actually, it's not that simple. You want linear layout of blocks you are
going to read. That is not necessary a linear layout of blocks in a single
file - trace sometime a start of some complicated app like KDE. You find
it's seeking like a hell because it needs a few blocks from a ton of
distinct files (shared libs, config files, etc). As these files are mostly
read only, it's advantageous to interleave them on disk or at least keep
them close.

Honza
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Jan Kara <jack@suse.cz>
SuSE CR Labs
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