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SubjectRe: [PATCH 4/4] block: Optionally snapshot page contents to provide stable pages during write
On Thu, Dec 13, 2012 at 06:10:49PM -0800, Darrick J. Wong wrote:
> On Thu, Dec 13, 2012 at 05:48:06PM -0800, Andy Lutomirski wrote:
> > On 12/13/2012 12:08 AM, Darrick J. Wong wrote:
> > > Several complaints have been received regarding long file write latencies when
> > > memory pages must be held stable during writeback. Since it might not be
> > > acceptable to stall programs for the entire duration of a page write (which may
> > > take many milliseconds even on good hardware), enable a second strategy wherein
> > > pages are snapshotted as part of submit_bio; the snapshot can be held stable
> > > while writes continue.
> > >
> > > This provides a band-aid to provide stable page writes on jbd without needing
> > > to backport the fixed locking scheme in jbd2. A mount option is added to ext4
> > > to allow administrators to enable it there.
> >
> > I'm a bit confused as to what it has to do with ext3. Wouldn't this be
> > useful as a mount option everywhere, though?
>
> ext3 requires snapshots; the rest are ok with either strategy.
>
> *If* snapshotting is generally liked, then yes I'll go redo it as a vfs mount
> option.

It's copying every single IO, right? If so, then please don't
propagate any further than is necessary to fix the broken
filesystems...

Cheers,

Dave.
--
Dave Chinner
david@fromorbit.com


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