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SubjectRe: [PATCH RFC 1/3] vfs: add copy_file_range syscall and vfs helper
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Hi Zach,

On Fri, Apr 10, 2015 at 6:00 PM, Zach Brown <zab@redhat.com> wrote:
> Add a copy_file_range() system call for offloading copies between
> regular files.
>
> This gives an interface to underlying layers of the storage stack which
> can copy without reading and writing all the data. There are a few
> candidates that should support copy offloading in the nearer term:
>
> - btrfs shares extent references with its clone ioctl
> - NFS has patches to add a COPY command which copies on the server
> - SCSI has a family of XCOPY commands which copy in the device
>
> This system call avoids the complexity of also accelerating the creation
> of the destination file by operating on an existing destination file
> descriptor, not a path.
>
> Currently the high level vfs entry point limits copy offloading to files
> on the same mount and super (and not in the same file). This can be
> relaxed if we get implementations which can copy between file systems
> safely.
>
> Signed-off-by: Zach Brown <zab@redhat.com>
> ---
> fs/read_write.c | 129 ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
> include/linux/fs.h | 3 +
> include/uapi/asm-generic/unistd.h | 4 +-
> kernel/sys_ni.c | 1 +
> 4 files changed, 136 insertions(+), 1 deletion(-)
>
> diff --git a/fs/read_write.c b/fs/read_write.c
> index 8e1b687..c65ce1d 100644
> --- a/fs/read_write.c
> +++ b/fs/read_write.c
> @@ -17,6 +17,7 @@
> #include <linux/pagemap.h>
> #include <linux/splice.h>
> #include <linux/compat.h>
> +#include <linux/mount.h>
> #include "internal.h"
>
> #include <asm/uaccess.h>
> @@ -1424,3 +1425,131 @@ COMPAT_SYSCALL_DEFINE4(sendfile64, int, out_fd, int, in_fd,
> return do_sendfile(out_fd, in_fd, NULL, count, 0);
> }
> #endif
> +
> +/*
> + * copy_file_range() differs from regular file read and write in that it
> + * specifically allows return partial success. When it does so is up to
> + * the copy_file_range method.
> + */
> +ssize_t vfs_copy_file_range(struct file *file_in, loff_t pos_in,
> + struct file *file_out, loff_t pos_out,
> + size_t len, int flags)

I'm going to repeat a gripe with this interface. I really don't think
we should treat copy_file_range() as taking a size_t length, since
that is not sufficient to do a full file copy on 32-bit systems w/ LFS
support.

Could we perhaps instead of a length, define a 'pos_in_start' and a
'pos_in_end' offset (with the latter being -1 for a full-file copy)
and then return an 'loff_t' value stating where the copy ended?

Note that both btrfs and NFSv4.2 allow for 64-bit lengths, so this
interface would be closer to what is already in use anyway.

Cheers
Trond


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