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Date:	Mon, 29 Oct 2007 19:26:40 +0300
From:	Alex Tomas <bzzz.tomas@...il.com>
To:	"Aneesh Kumar K.V" <aneesh.kumar@...ux.vnet.ibm.com>
Cc:	Andreas Dilger <adilger@...sterfs.com>,
	Eric Sandeen <sandeen@...hat.com>,
	Valerie Clement <valerie.clement@...l.net>,
	Theodore Tso <tytso@....edu>, Mingming Cao <cmm@...ibm.com>,
	linux-ext4 <linux-ext4@...r.kernel.org>
Subject: Re: delalloc and reservation.

ah, got it now. I think the solution would be to discard preallocated blocks
once blocks for all dirty data are allocated and file is closed. In the previous
version of delalloc I did this passing NOPREALLOC hint. something similar should
be done in the newer one, I guess.

thanks, Alex

Aneesh Kumar K.V wrote:
> 
> 
> Alex Tomas wrote:
>> sorry, I don't quite understand how do you observe this with nomballoc
>>
>> thanks, Alex
>>
>> Aneesh Kumar K.V wrote:
>>> mballoc by default doesn't give the particular layout only if i force 
>>> small
>>> size to use inode preallocation i am hitting the problem. ie to 
>>> change the
>>> below line in ext4_mb_group_or_file
>>>
>>> if (ac->ac_o_ex.fe_len >= sbi->s_mb_small_req)
>>>
>>> to
>>> if (ac->ac_o_ex.fe_len <= sbi->s_mb_small_req)
>>>
>>> Do you want to test the patch with this change ?
>>>
>>> We are observing the problem with delalloc and nomballoc.
>>>
> 
> 
> As i explained in the previous mail the problem is with the the current 
> reservation code using ext4_block_alloc_info.
> 
> 
> EXT4_I(inode)->i_block_alloc_info;
> 
> Now what is happening is we are not discarding the reservation
> with respect to particular inode in case of dealloc. Without
> delalloc we discard the reservation during close(). But with
> dealloc the we are getting new reservation in the writeback
> path and we don't discard the reservation. This results
> in the files being spread across and not closely allocated
> on disk.
> BTW with your patch and the change i suggested above the problem still 
> exist.
> 
> The output is while requesting for 2 blocks
> printed by this in ext4_ext_get_blocks
> 
> printk(KERN_CRIT "allocate new block: goal %llu, found %llu/%lu\n",
>                       ar.goal, newblock, ar.len);
> 
> 
> allocate new block: goal 28672, found 12288/1
> allocate new block: goal 8192, found 12292/2
> allocate new block: goal 8192, found 12296/2
> allocate new block: goal 8192, found 12300/2
> allocate new block: goal 8192, found 12304/2
> allocate new block: goal 8192, found 12308/2
> allocate new block: goal 8192, found 12312/2
> allocate new block: goal 8192, found 12316/2
> allocate new block: goal 8192, found 1440/2
> allocate new block: goal 8192, found 1444/2
> allocate new block: goal 8192, found 1448/2
> allocate new block: goal 8192, found 1452/2
> allocate new block: goal 8192, found 1456/2
> allocate new block: goal 8192, found 1460/2
> allocate new block: goal 8192, found 1464/2
> allocate new block: goal 8192, found 1468/2
> allocate new block: goal 8192, found 12320/2
> allocate new block: goal 8192, found 12324/2
> allocate new block: goal 8192, found 12328/2
> allocate new block: goal 8192, found 12332/2
> allocate new block: goal 8192, found 12336/2
> 
> 
> with the change mballoc was not giving the problem
> described because it uses blocks from group
> preallocation.
> 
> -aneesh
> 

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