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Date:	Wed, 11 Nov 2009 16:43:34 +0100
From:	Miklos Szeredi <miklos@...redi.hu>
To:	Tobias Diedrich <ranma+kernel@...edrich.de>
CC:	ranma+kernel@...edrich.de, linux-kernel@...r.kernel.org,
	linux-mm@...ck.org
Subject: Re: posix_fadvise/WILLNEED synchronous on fuse/sshfs instead of async?

On Wed, 11 Nov 2009, Tobias Diedrich wrote:
> While trying to use posix_fadvise(...POSIX_FADVISE_WILLNEED) to
> implement userspace read-ahead (with a bigger read-ahead window than
> the kernel default) I found that if the underlying filesystem is
> fuse/sshfs posix_fadvise is no longer doing asynchronous reads:
> 
> strace -tt with mnt/testfile on sshfs and server with very slow
> upstream (ADSL):
> 5345  00:00:17.334209 open("mnt/testfile", O_RDONLY|O_LARGEFILE) = 3
> 5345  00:00:18.011383 _llseek(3, 0, [3544379], SEEK_END) = 0
> 5345  00:00:18.011626 _llseek(3, 0, [0], SEEK_SET) = 0
> 5345  00:00:18.012393 fadvise64_64(3, 0, 1048576, POSIX_FADV_WILLNEED) = 0
> 5345  00:01:02.438097 write(1, "[file] File size is 3544379 byte"..., 34) = 34
> 
> Note that fadvise takes 40 seconds...
> Is this expected behaviour?

I think this is because fuse limits the number of outstanding
requests.

In 2.6.31 you can raise these limits in

 /sys/fs/fuse/connections/N/congestion_threshold
 /sys/fs/fuse/connections/N/max_background

Thanks,
Miklos
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