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SubjectRE: [PATCH v8 1/1] f2fs: dax: implement direct access

Considering the current interfaces of F2FS and EXT4, my thought is that we can define a generic user-modifiable flag FS_DAX_FL, which can be included in the i_flags field of [f2fs | ext4]_inode_info. Thus, DAX can be enabled in either of the two ways below:

1) mount the FS with a "dax" option, so that all files created will have the flag S_DAX set in the VFS inode, and the flag FS_DAX_FL set in [f2fs | ext4]_inode_info, by default.

2) mount the FS without "dax", and enable DAX per-inode from
f2fs_ioctl_setflags() => f2fs_set_inode_flags()


From: Jaegeuk Kim []
Sent: Wednesday, July 26, 2017 10:16
To: Dan Williams
Cc: sunqiuyang; Linux Kernel Mailing List; linux-fsdevel;;
Subject: Re: [PATCH v8 1/1] f2fs: dax: implement direct access

Hi Dan,

On 07/25, Dan Williams wrote:
> [ adding linux-nvdimm ]
> On Thu, Jul 20, 2017 at 5:10 AM, sunqiuyang <> wrote:
> > From: Qiuyang Sun <>
> >
> > This patch implements Direct Access (DAX) in F2FS, including:
> > - a mount option to choose whether to enable DAX or not
> We're in the process of walking back and potentially deprecating the
> use of the dax mount option for xfs and ext4 since dax can have
> negative performance implications if page cache memory happens to be
> faster than pmem. It should be limited to applications that
> specifically want the semantic, not globally enabled for the entire
> mount. xfs has went ahead and added the XFS_DIFLAG2_DAX indoe flag for
> per-inode enabling of dax.

Thank you so much for pointing this out. So, is there a plan to define a
generic inode flag to enable dax via inode_set_flag? Or, does each filesystem
need to handle it individually likewise xfs?

> I'm wondering if any new filesystem that adds dax support at this
> point should do so with inode flags and not a mount option?

Anyway, in such the case, I have to postpone merging this patch for a while.


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