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Date:   Fri, 14 Feb 2020 13:58:00 -0800
From:   Ira Weiny <>
To:     Jeff Moyer <>
Cc:     Dan Williams <>,
        "Darrick J. Wong" <>,
        Linux Kernel Mailing List <>,
        Alexander Viro <>,
        Dave Chinner <>,
        Christoph Hellwig <>,
        "Theodore Y. Ts'o" <>, Jan Kara <>,
        linux-ext4 <>,
        linux-xfs <>,
        linux-fsdevel <>
Subject: Re: [PATCH v3 00/12] Enable per-file/directory DAX operations V3

On Fri, Feb 14, 2020 at 04:23:19PM -0500, Jeff Moyer wrote:
> Ira Weiny <> writes:
> > [disclaimer: the following assumes the underlying 'device' (superblock)
> > supports DAX]
> >
> > ... which results in S_DAX == false when the file is opened without the mount
> > option.  The key would be that all directories/files created under a root with
> > XFS_DIFLAG2_DAX == true would inherit their flag and be XFS_DIFLAG2_DAX == true
> > all the way down the tree.  Any file not wanting DAX would need to set
> > XFS_DIFLAG2_DAX == false.  And setting false could be used on a directory to
> > allow a user or group to not use dax on files in that sub-tree.
> >
> > Then without '-o dax' (XFS_MOUNT_DAX == false) all files when opened set S_DAX
> > equal to XFS_DIFLAG2_DAX value.  (Directories, as of V4, never get S_DAX set.)
> >
> > If '-o dax' (XFS_MOUNT_DAX == true) then S_DAX is set on all files.
> One more clarifying question.  Let's say I set XFS_DIFLAG2_DAX on an
> inode.  I then open the file, and perform mmap/load/store/etc.  I close
> the file, and I unset XFS_DIFLAG2_DAX.  Will the next open treat the
> file as S_DAX or not?  My guess is the inode won't be evicted, and so
> S_DAX will remain set.

The inode will not be evicted, or even it happens to be xfs_io will reload it
to unset the XFS_DIFLAG2_DAX flag.  And the S_DAX flag changes _with_ the
XFS_DIFLAG2_DAX change when it can (when the underlying storage supports

Trying to change XFS_DIFLAG2_DAX while the file is mmap'ed returns -EBUSY.


> The reason I ask is I've had requests from application developers to do
> just this.  They want to be able to switch back and forth between dax
> modes.
> Thanks,
> Jeff
> > [1] I'm beginning to think that if I type dax one more time I'm going to go
> > crazy...  :-P
> dax dax dax!

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