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Date:	Thu, 18 Aug 2011 17:57:32 +0900
From:	Kazuya Mio <>
To:	Andreas Dilger <>
CC:	ext4 <>, Theodore Tso <>
Subject: Re: [PATCH v2 05/12] e4defrag: Add force option for e4defrag

2011/08/18 1:31, Andreas Dilger wrote:
> It is confusing in conditionals like this when integer variables are treated
> as boolean values. It would be more clear to compare the orig_score and
> donor_score to zero.
>         if (orig_score == 0 || (donor_score > 0 && !(mode_flag & FORCE)) ||
>             (orig_score <= donor_score && (mode_flag & FORCE))) {
> To be honest, I still can't understand the above logic. I would think it is
> enough to check:
>         if (orig_score < donor_score && !(mode_flag & FORCE))) {
> so that the file is not defragged if the score would get worse, but "force"
> means it is always moved.

e4defrag has two conditions to call EXT4_IOC_MOVE_EXT ioctl:
(1) the original file is fragmented file (orig_score > 0)
(2) the donor file is not fragmented file (donor_score == 0)

It could be that the donor file is a little fragmented file in case of few disk
space available, so sometimes we cannot defrag a file due to the condition (2).
However, it makes no sense that the fragmentation gets worse due to
e4defrag. Hence, I added a new condition (orig_score > donor_score) instead of
the condition (2) to check whether the fragmentation gets better.

The condition (1) is necessary for e4defarg -F. Because if e2p_get_fragscore()
returns zero in case of maximum threshold (2^32-1), it means the number of
the extents doesn't decrease any more even if the file gets the best extent

>> printf("\033[79;0H\033[K[%u/%u]%s:\t%3d%%",
> It would be nice if the color terminal output was optional (maybe only on
> by default for tty output). This is not typical for other e2fsprogs utilities,
> and makes a mess of logs being kept of the output.

I see. I'll fix the output based on mke2fs.

Kazuya Mio
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