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Date:	Fri, 11 Jan 2008 21:15:52 +0530
From:	"Aneesh Kumar K.V" <aneesh.kumar@...ux.vnet.ibm.com>
To:	Valerie Clement <valerie.clement@...l.net>
Cc:	ext4 development <linux-ext4@...r.kernel.org>
Subject: Re: Problems with mballoc and uninit_groups option

On Fri, Jan 11, 2008 at 03:04:08PM +0100, Valerie Clement wrote:
> Hi,
>
> I've got problems with mballoc when I create the ext4 filesystem with  
> the "uninit_groups" option enabled.
>
> First, I do a single test on a filesystem created without the  
> "uninit_groups" option and mounted with the defaults option:
>   dd if=/dev/zero of=/mnt/test/foo bs=1M count=1024
>
> In this case, the file blocks are allocated in the groups 4, 5, 6, 7, 8,  
> 9, 10.
>
> When the filesystem is created with the "uninit_groups" option enabled  
> and mounted with the defaults option, I do the same dd command.
>
> In this case, the file blocks are allocated in the groups 5, 7, 9, 25,  
> 27, 49, 81. It seems that the blocks could be allocated only in the  
> already initialized groups.
>

That is because we skip the uninitialized group in ext4_mb_good_group.
I guess we are trying criteria 0 allocation and we skip uninit group for
criteria 0 . You can tune by setting higher value for
/proc/fs/ext4/partition/orders2_req. Setting it to a high value would
skip criteria 0 allocation for small requests.

I guess you are using delayed allocation ?

-aneesh

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