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SubjectRe: [RFC 1/4] fs: Add generic file system event notifications
On Fri 17-04-15 15:51:14, John Spray wrote:
> On 17/04/2015 14:23, Austin S Hemmelgarn wrote:
> >On 2015-04-17 09:04, Beata Michalska wrote:
> >>On 04/17/2015 01:31 PM, Jan Kara wrote:
> >>>On Wed 15-04-15 09:15:44, Beata Michalska wrote:
> >>>...
> >>>>+static const match_table_t fs_etypes = {
> >>>>+ { FS_EVENT_INFO, "info" },
> >>>>+ { FS_EVENT_WARN, "warn" },
> >>>>+ { FS_EVENT_THRESH, "thr" },
> >>>>+ { FS_EVENT_ERR, "err" },
> >>>>+ { 0, NULL },
> >>>>+};
> >>> Why are there these generic message types? Threshold
> >>>messages make good
> >>>sense to me. But not so much the rest. If they don't have a
> >>>clear meaning,
> >>>it will be a mess. So I also agree with a message like -
> >>>"filesystem has
> >>>trouble, you should probably unmount and run fsck" - that's fine. But
> >>>generic "info" or "warning" doesn't really carry any meaning
> >>>on its own and
> >>>thus seems pretty useless to me. To explain a bit more, AFAIU this
> >>>shouldn't be a generic logging interface where something like severity
> >>>makes sense but rather a relatively specific interface notifying about
> >>>events in filesystem userspace should know about so I expect
> >>>relatively low
> >>>number of types of events, not tens or even hundreds...
> >>>
> >>> Honza
> >>
> >>Getting rid of those would simplify the configuration part, indeed.
> >>So we would be left with 'generic' and threshold events.
> >>I guess I've overdone this part.
> >
> >For some filesystems, it may make sense to differentiate between a
> >generic warning and an error. For BTRFS and ZFS for example, if
> >there is a csum error on a block, this will get automatically
> >corrected in many configurations, and won't require anything like
> >fsck to be run, but monitoring applications will still probably
> >want to be notified.
>
> Another key differentiation IMHO is between transient errors (like
> server is unavailable in a distributed filesystem) that will block
> the filesystem but might clear on their own, vs. permanent errors
> like unreadable drives that definitely will not clear until the
> administrator takes some action. It's usually a reasonable
> approximation to call transient issues warnings, and permanent
> issues errors.
So you can have events like FS_UNAVAILABLE and FS_AVAILABLE but what use
would this have? I wouldn't like the interface to be dumping ground for
random crap - we have dmesg for that :).

Honza
--
Jan Kara <jack@suse.cz>
SUSE Labs, CR


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