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Date:	Fri, 20 Apr 2012 12:38:32 +0200 (CEST)
From:	Lukas Czerner <>
To:	Bernd Schubert <>
cc:	"Theodore Ts'o" <>,,
	Ext4 Developers List <>
Subject: Re: [PATCH, RFC 0/3] Introduce new O_HOT and O_COLD flags

On Fri, 20 Apr 2012, Bernd Schubert wrote:

> On 04/19/2012 09:20 PM, Theodore Ts'o wrote:
> > As I had brought up during one of the lightning talks at the Linux
> > Storage and Filesystem workshop, I am interested in introducing two new
> > open flags, O_HOT and O_COLD.  These flags are passed down to the
> > individual file system's inode operations' create function, and the file
> > system can use these flags as a hint regarding whether the file is
> > likely to be accessed frequently or not.
> > 
> > In the future I plan to do further work on how ext4 would use these
> > flags, but I want to first get the ability to pass these flags plumbed
> > into the VFS layer and the code points for O_HOT and O_COLD reserved.
> > 
> Ted, you still remember the directory-block read-ahead patches I sent last
> year for ext4 and which you declined, as it would add another mount parameter
> for ext4?
> If an application could use those flags to the file system (and then not only
> ext4, but any file system) to indicate a certain directory is important and
> frequently accessed, it would be simple to update those patches to work
> without another mount option.
> And while I updating our FhGFS meta data on disk layout to workaround the
> general problem we, we (and for example Lustre) are still affected the
> object-storage-side.
> Thanks,
> Bernd

Nice, there are probably lots of flags we can think of, so we
definitely need good interface for it as we certainly do not want to use
O_HOT open flags here :)

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