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Date:   Sat, 20 Jun 2020 08:10:44 +1000
From:   Dave Chinner <>
To:     "J. Bruce Fields" <>
Cc:     Masayoshi Mizuma <>,
        Eric Sandeen <>,
        "Darrick J. Wong" <>,
        Christoph Hellwig <>,
        Theodore Ts'o <>,
        Andreas Dilger <>,
        Alexander Viro <>,
        Masayoshi Mizuma <>,,,
        linux-xfs <>,
Subject: Re: [PATCH] fs: i_version mntopt gets visible through /proc/mounts

On Fri, Jun 19, 2020 at 04:40:33PM -0400, J. Bruce Fields wrote:
> On Fri, Jun 19, 2020 at 12:44:55PM +1000, Dave Chinner wrote:
> > On Thu, Jun 18, 2020 at 10:20:05PM -0400, J. Bruce Fields wrote:
> > > My memory was that after Jeff Layton's i_version patches, there wasn't
> > > really a significant performance hit any more, so the ability to turn it
> > > off is no longer useful.
> > 
> > Yes, I completely agree with you here. However, with some
> > filesystems allowing it to be turned off, we can't just wave our
> > hands and force enable the option. Those filesystems - if the
> > maintainers chose to always enable iversion - will have to go
> > through a mount option deprecation period before permanently
> > enabling it.
> I don't understand why.
> The filesystem can continue to let people set iversion or noiversion as
> they like, while under the covers behaving as if iversion is always set.
> I can't see how that would break any application.  (Or even how an
> application would be able to detect that the filesystem was doing this.)

It doesn't break functionality, but it affects performance. IOWs, it
can make certain workloads go a lot slower in some circumstances.
And that can result in unexectedly breaking SLAs or slow down a
complex, finely tuned data center wide workload to the point it no
longer meets requirements.  Such changes in behaviour are considered
a regression, especially if they result from a change that just
ignores the mount option that turned off that specific feature.


Dave Chinner

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