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Date:	Tue, 25 Nov 2008 14:10:43 -0700
From:	Andreas Dilger <>
Cc:	Theodore Tso <tytso@....EDU>,
Subject: Re: [RFC 0/2] ext4: zero uninitialized inode tables

On Nov 25, 2008  13:28 +0100, wrote:
> Appart from the data structures change you mentionned, these changes
> were discussed:
> . a mount option to disable the threads when doing testing/performance
>   benchmarking


> . a flag in s_flags field of struct ext4_super_block to indicate that
>   the zeroing has been done on all the groups. Possibly reset with
>   resize.

I was thinking that it makes sense to have this same thread do checking
of all the block group metadata as it traverses the filesystem.  That
includes validating the GDT checksums, checking the existing block and
inode bitmaps (and possibly checksums for them, when that is implemented),
along with zeroing the inode table.

The only requirement is that there only be a single such thread running
on the filesystem at one time, and that if the filesystem is unmounted
that the thread be killed before the unmount is completed.

Cheers, Andreas
Andreas Dilger
Sr. Staff Engineer, Lustre Group
Sun Microsystems of Canada, Inc.

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