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Date:   Fri, 17 Jan 2020 16:43:38 +0000
From:   David Howells <>
To:     Christoph Hellwig <>
Cc:, Qu Wenruo <>,
        Andreas Dilger <>,
        linux-fsdevel <>,
        Al Viro <>,
        "Theodore Y. Ts'o" <>,
        "Darrick J. Wong" <>,
        Chris Mason <>, Josef Bacik <>,
        David Sterba <>,
        linux-ext4 <>,
        linux-xfs <>,
        linux-btrfs <>,
        Linux Kernel Mailing List <>
Subject: Re: Problems with determining data presence by examining extents?

Christoph Hellwig <> wrote:

> File systems usually pad zeroes where they have to, typically for
> sub-blocksize writes.   Disabling this would break data integrity.

I understand that.  I can, however, round up the netfs I/O granule size and
alignment to a multiple of the cachefile I/O block size.  Also, I'm doing DIO,
so I have to use block size multiples.

But if the filesystem can avoid bridging large, appropriately sized and
aligned blocks, then I can use it.


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