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Date:	Thu, 14 Apr 2011 10:50:10 -0500
From:	Eric Sandeen <>
To:	Pádraig Brady <>
CC:	xfs-oss <>,,, Markus Trippelsdorf <>
Subject: Re: Files full of zeros with coreutils-8.11 and xfs (FIEMAP related?)

On 4/14/11 9:59 AM, Pádraig Brady wrote:
> On 14/04/11 15:02, Markus Trippelsdorf wrote:
>>>> Hi Pádraig,
>>>> here you go:
>>>> + filefrag -v unwritten.withdata                                                                                                                     
>>>> Filesystem type is: ef53                                                                                                                             
>>>> File size of unwritten.withdata is 5120 (2 blocks, blocksize 4096)                                                                                   
>>>>  ext logical physical expected length flags                                                                                                          
>>>>    0       0   274432            2560 unwritten,eof                                                                                                  
>>>> unwritten.withdata: 1 extent found
>>>> Please notice that this also happens with ext4 on the same kernel. 
>>>> Btrfs is fine.
>> `filefrag -vs` fixes the issue on both xfs and ext4.
> So in summary, currently on (2.6.39-rc3), the following
> will (usually?) report a single unwritten extent,
> on both ext4 and xfs
>   fallocate -l 10MiB -n k
>   dd count=10 if=/dev/urandom conv=notrunc iflag=fullblock of=k
>   filefrag -v k # grep for an extent without unwritten || fail

right, that's what I see too in testing.

But would the coreutils install have done a preallocation of the destination file?

Otherwise this looks like a different bug...

> This particular issue has been discussed so far at:
> Note there it was stated there that ext4 had this
> fixed as of 2.6.39-rc1, so maybe there is something lurking?

ext4 got a fix, but not xfs, I guess.  My poor brain can't remember, I think I started looking into it, but it's clearly still broken.

Still, I don't know for sure what happened to Markus - did something preallocate, in his case?

> cheers,
> Pádraig.
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