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Date:	Wed, 11 Jul 2012 12:11:50 +0200
From:	Jan Kara <>
To:	Artem Bityutskiy <>
Cc:	Theodore Tso <>, Jan Kara <>,
	Linux FS Maling List <>,
	Linux Kernel Maling List <>,
	Ext4 Mailing List <>
Subject: Re: [PATCHv6 3/5] ext4: remove unnecessary superblock dirtying

On Wed 11-07-12 12:07:26, Jan Kara wrote:
> On Wed 11-07-12 12:58:16, Artem Bityutskiy wrote:
> > And this is the behavior this patch modifies: we stop using 's_dirt' and just
> > mark the superblock buffer as dirty right away. Indeed:
> > 
> > 1. It does not add any value to delay the I/O submission for cases 1-3 above.
> >    They are rare.
> > 2. Case number 4 above depends on whether we have file-system checksumming
> >    enabled or disables.
> >    a) If it is disabled (most common scenario), then it is all-right to just
> >       mark the superblock buffer as dirty right away and it should affect
> >       performance.
> >    b) If it is enabled, then we'll end up doing a bit more work on deletion
> >       because we'll re-calculate superblock checksum every time.
> > 
> > So case 2.b is a bit controversial, but I think it is acceptable. After all, by
> > enabling checksumming we already sign up for paying the price of calculating
> > it. The way to improve checksumming performance globally would be to calculate
> > it just before sending buffers to the I/O queue. We'd need some kind of
> > call-back which could be registered by file-systems.
  Actually, the most common case of adding orphan inode used
ext4_handle_dirty_super_now() so for that case there is no difference. And
other cases are so rare it really does not matter... So there shouldn't be
any measurable difference.

Jan Kara <>
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