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Date:	Mon, 04 Apr 2011 11:55:29 +0200
From:	Jim Meyering <jim@...ering.net>
To:	Pádraig Brady <P@...igBrady.com>
Cc:	coreutils@....org, linux-ext4@...r.kernel.org
Subject: Re: [PATCH 6/6] tests: avoid spurious parallel failure due to temporary disk full

Pádraig Brady wrote:

> On 04/04/11 10:08, Jim Meyering wrote:
>> Pádraig Brady wrote:
>>> On 04/04/11 06:13, Jim Meyering wrote:
>>>> From: Jim Meyering <meyering@...hat.com>
>>>>
>>>> Running the new fiemap-empty test uses 600MB of disk space via
>>>> fallocate, and in so doing caused failure in unrelated tests that
>>>> were running in parallel on a small file system.  Rather than
>>>> simply running fallocate (which allocates the space, inducing
>>>> disk full when it fails), skip the test if there is less than
>>>> 800MB of free space, as computed via stat and awk.
>>
>> Thanks for looking.
>>
>>> Oops sorry.
>>> Maybe worth noting is that stat works at a lower level,
>>
>> Not sure what you mean?  Both use statfs.
>
> Oops right. df uses f_bavail, so perhaps it might
> be better to use %a rather than %f with `stat`?

Oh, yes.  Definitely.
I had thought I was using that one,
but had skimmed the descriptions too quickly (I spotted "superuser"
in the description of %a, so went with %f ;-).
Thanks!

I may adjust stat --help's description of %f to say this:

  %a   Free blocks available to non-superuser
  %f   Free blocks in file system (available to superuser)

> This fallocate() behavior is annoying anyway,
> as I'm not sure when it's useful, except for
> filling up a file system.
> It seems like a this would be useful.
>
> #define FALLOC_FL_FULL_SIZE     0x03 /* allocate all or nothing */

Good idea.
I read fallocate's manual looking for a command-line option
like that when I realized that its behavior was at the root
of my non-deterministic test failures.

Sounds like it'd make a good new option, if not the default.
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