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SubjectRe: [PATCH 0/3] fs: Introduce FALLOC_FL_INSERT_RANGE for fallocate
2014-04-08 9:54 GMT+09:00, Dave Chinner <>:
> On Mon, Mar 31, 2014 at 11:53:31PM +0900, Namjae Jeon wrote:
>> From: Namjae Jeon <>
>> FALLOC_FL_INSERT_RANGE was mentioned as the opposite command of collapse
>> range from discussion between Hugh Dickins and Dave Chinner.
>> In continuation of the work of making the process of non linear editing
>> of
>> media files faster, we introduce here the new flag FALLOC_FL_INSERT_RANGE
>> for fallocate.
>> This flag will work opposite to the newly added FALLOC_FL_COLLAPSE_RANGE
>> flag.
>> As such, specifying FALLOC_FL_INSERT_RANGE flag will insert zeroed-out
>> space
>> in between the file within the range specified by offset and len. User
>> can
>> write new data in this space. e.g. ads.
>> Like collapse range, currently we have the limitation that offset and len
>> should be block size aligned for both XFS and Ext4.
>> The semantics of the flag are :
>> 1) It allocates new zeroed out on disk space of len bytes starting
>> at offset byte without overwriting any existing data. All the data
>> blocks
>> from offset to EOF are shifted towards right to make space for
>> inserting
>> new blocks
>> 2) It should be used exclusively. No other fallocate flag in combination.
>> 3) Offset and length supplied to fallocate should be fs block size
>> aligned
>> in case of xfs and ext4.
>> 4) Insert range does not work for the case when offset is
>> overlapping/beyond
>> i_size. If the user wants to allocate space at the end of file they
>> are
>> advised to use either ftruncate(2) or fallocate(2) with mode 0.
>> 5) It increses the size of file by len bytes.
>> Namjae Jeon (3):
>> fs: Add FALLOC_FL_INSERT_RANGE flags for fallocate
>> xfs: Add support FALLOC_FL_INSERT_RANGE for fallocate
>> ext4: Add support FALLOC_FL_INSERT_RANGE for fallocate
>> TODO : xfsprog: xfsio: Add support FALLOC_FL_INSERT_RANGE for fallocate
>> TODO : xfstests: Add insert range testcase
> Namjae, what's your proposed timeframe on getting the xfs_io and tes
> cases sorted out? I'm just trying to plan ahead for the next couple
> of months (i.e. the 3.16 merge cycle), so some indication of whether
> I can expect this to be complete and ready for merge within that
> timeframe would be helpful to me.
Hi. Dave.
I will post the next version's patch-set with xfs_io and xfstests next week.
Yes, I think that it can be complete before opening 3.6 merge window.
And sorry for late response and work... Currently I can not do it full time.
But will do the best for the aim that insert range would be merged in 3.6.
> FWIW, it would be really nice if you could add support for fsx and
> fsstress for this as well as adding corner case tests. :)
I can, I will include these jobs on next version. :)

> Cheers,
> Dave.
> --
> Dave Chinner

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