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SubjectRe: [PATCH v3 00/13] fiemap extension for more physical information
On Apr 3, 2024, at 12:17 PM, Kent Overstreet <> wrote:
> On Wed, Apr 03, 2024 at 03:22:41AM -0400, Sweet Tea Dorminy wrote:
>> For many years, various btrfs users have written programs to discover
>> the actual disk space used by files, using root-only interfaces.
>> However, this information is a great fit for fiemap: it is inherently
>> tied to extent information, all filesystems can use it, and the
>> capabilities required for FIEMAP make sense for this additional
>> information also.
>> Hence, this patchset adds various additional information to fiemap,
>> and extends filesystems (but not iomap) to return it. This uses some of
>> the reserved padding in the fiemap extent structure, so programs unaware
>> of the changes will be unaffected.
>> This is based on next-20240403. I've tested the btrfs part of this with
>> the standard btrfs testing matrix locally and manually, and done minimal
>> testing of the non-btrfs parts.
>> I'm unsure whether btrfs should be returning the entire physical extent
>> referenced by a particular logical range, or just the part of the
>> physical extent referenced by that range. The v2 thread has a discussion
>> of this.
> I believe there was some talk of using the padding for a device ID, so
> that fiemap could properly support multi device filesystems. Are we sure
> this is the best use of those bytes?

The current (pre-patch) fiemap_extent struct is:

struct fiemap_extent {
__u64 fe_logical; /* logical offset in bytes for the start of
* the extent from the beginning of the file */
__u64 fe_physical; /* physical offset in bytes for the start
* of the extent from the beginning of the disk */
__u64 fe_length; /* length in bytes for this extent */
__u64 fe_reserved64[2];
__u32 fe_flags; /* FIEMAP_EXTENT_* flags for this extent */
__u32 fe_reserved[3];

and this series is only changing fe_reserved64[0] to fe_phys_length.
There was discussion in the past of using "fe_reserved[0]" for the device
ID, which is still OK.

Cheers, Andreas

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