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Date:	Mon, 16 Jun 2008 19:20:46 +0200
From:	Jan Kara <jack@...e.cz>
To:	"Aneesh Kumar K.V" <aneesh.kumar@...ux.vnet.ibm.com>
Cc:	cmm@...ibm.com, tytso@....edu, sandeen@...hat.com,
	linux-ext4@...r.kernel.org, adilger@....com
Subject: Re: [RFC] ext4: Semantics of delalloc,data=ordered

> On Mon, Jun 16, 2008 at 05:05:33PM +0200, Jan Kara wrote:
> >   Hi Aneesh,
> > 
> >   First, I'd like to see some short comment on what semantics
> > delalloc,data=ordered is going to have. At least I can imagine at least
> > two sensible approaches:
> >   1) All we guarantee is that user is not going to see uninitialized data.
> > We send writes to disk (and allocate blocks) whenever it fits our needs
> > (usually when pdflush finds them).
> >   2) We guarantee that when transaction commits, your data is on disk -
> > i.e., we allocate actual blocks on transaction commit.
> > 
> >   Both these possibilities have their pros and cons. Most importantly,
> > 1) gives better disk layout while 2) gives higher consistency
> > guarantees. Note that with 1), it can under some circumstances happen,
> > that after a crash you see block 1 and 3 of your 3-block-write on disk,
> > while block 2 is still a hole. 1) is easy to implement (you mostly did
> > it below), 2) is harder. I think there should be broader consensus on
> > what the semantics should be (changed subject to catch more attention
> > ;).
> > 
> >   A few comments to your patch are also below.
> > 
> > 								Honza
> 
> The way I was looking at ordered mode was, we only guarantee that the
> meta-data blocks corresponding to the data block allocated get committed
> only after the data-blocks are written to the disk. As long as we don't
> allocate blocks corresponding to a page we don't write the  page to
> disk. This should also speed up the "sync slowness" that lot of people
> are reporting with ordered mode.
  I'm not sure if it helps - tons of dirty data have to get to
transaction at some time even with delayed alloc and at that moment any
"interactive application" is going to be starved.

> Can you explain
> "
> 1), it can under some circumstances happen, that after a crash you see
> block 1 and 3 of your 3-block-write on disk, while block 2 is still a hole.
> "
  Imagine you have a file with blocks 1 and 3 allocated and block 2 is a
hole. You write blocks 1-3. Block 2 isn't allocated because of delalloc.
Now if inode is already in the current transaction's list, during commit
writes to blocks 1 and 3 will land on disk but write to block 2 will
happen only after pdflush finds it.

> > > Signed-off-by: Aneesh Kumar K.V <aneesh.kumar@...ux.vnet.ibm.com>
> > > ---
> > >  fs/ext4/inode.c  |  169 +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++--
> > >  fs/jbd2/commit.c |   41 ++++++++++++--
> > >  2 files changed, 198 insertions(+), 12 deletions(-)
> > > 
> > > diff --git a/fs/ext4/inode.c b/fs/ext4/inode.c
> > > index 63355ab..7d87641 100644
> > > --- a/fs/ext4/inode.c
> > > +++ b/fs/ext4/inode.c
> > > @@ -1606,13 +1606,12 @@ static int ext4_bh_unmapped_or_delay(handle_t *handle, struct buffer_head *bh)
> > >  	return !buffer_mapped(bh) || buffer_delay(bh);
> > >  }
> > >  
> > > -/* FIXME!! only support data=writeback mode */
> > >  /*
> > >   * get called vi ext4_da_writepages after taking page lock
> > >   * We may end up doing block allocation here in case
> > >   * mpage_da_map_blocks failed to allocate blocks.
> > >   */
> > > -static int ext4_da_writepage(struct page *page,
> > > +static int ext4_da_writeback_writepage(struct page *page,
> > >  				struct writeback_control *wbc)
> > >  {
> > >  	int ret = 0;
> > > @@ -1660,6 +1659,61 @@ static int ext4_da_writepage(struct page *page,
> > >  	return ret;
> > >  }
> > >  
> > > +/*
> > > + * get called vi ext4_da_writepages after taking page lock
> > > + * We may end up doing block allocation here in case
> > > + * mpage_da_map_blocks failed to allocate blocks.
> > > + *
> > > + * We also get called via journal_submit_inode_data_buffers
> > > + */
> > > +static int ext4_da_ordered_writepage(struct page *page,
> > > +				struct writeback_control *wbc)
> > > +{
> > > +	int ret = 0;
> > > +	loff_t size;
> > > +	unsigned long len;
> > > +	handle_t *handle = NULL;
> > > +	struct buffer_head *page_bufs;
> > > +	struct inode *inode = page->mapping->host;
> > > +
> > > +	handle = ext4_journal_current_handle();
> > > +	if (!handle) {
> > > +		/*
> > > +		 * This can happen when we aren't called via
> > > +		 * ext4_da_writepages() but directly (shrink_page_list).
> > > +		 * We cannot easily start a transaction here so we just skip
> > > +		 * writing the page in case we would have to do so.
> > > +		 */
> > > +		size = i_size_read(inode);
> > > +
> > > +		page_bufs = page_buffers(page);
> > > +		if (page->index == size >> PAGE_CACHE_SHIFT)
> > > +			len = size & ~PAGE_CACHE_MASK;
> > > +		else
> > > +			len = PAGE_CACHE_SIZE;
> > > +
> > > +		if (walk_page_buffers(NULL, page_bufs, 0,
> > > +				len, NULL, ext4_bh_unmapped_or_delay)) {
> > > +			/*
> > > +			 * We can't do block allocation under
> > > +			 * page lock without a handle . So redirty
> > > +			 * the page and return.
> > > +			 * We may reach here when we do a journal commit
> > > +			 * via journal_submit_inode_data_buffers.
> > > +			 * If we don't have mapping block we just ignore
> > > +			 * them
> > > +			 *
> > > +			 */
> > > +			redirty_page_for_writepage(wbc, page);
> > > +			unlock_page(page);
> > > +			return 0;
> > > +		}
> > > +	}
> > > +
> > > +	ret = block_write_full_page(page, ext4_da_get_block_write, wbc);
> > > +
> > > +	return ret;
> > > +}
> >   If you're going to use this writepage() implementation from commit
> > code, you cannot simply do redirty_page_for_writepage() and bail out
> > when there's an unmapped buffer. You must write out at least mapped
> > buffers to satisfy ordering guarantees (think of filesystems with
> > blocksize < page size).
> 
> With delalloc is it possible to have a page that have some buffer_heads
> marked delay ?
  I thought more about the case where some buffers are mapped and some
aren't (because there's a hole in the middle of the page)...

								Honza
-- 
Jan Kara <jack@...e.cz>
SuSE CR Labs
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