Re: [PATCH] ext2: avoid needless discard of preallocated blocks

From: Ron Yorston
Date: Sun Aug 20 2006 - 07:45:54 EST

Andrew Morton <akpm@xxxxxxxx> wrote:
>Been there, done that. The problem was that hanging onto the preallocation
>will cause separate files to have up-to-seven-block gaps between them. So
>if you put a large number of small files in the same directory, the time to
>read them all back is quite significantly impacted: they cover a lot more

The preallocation is only held while the file is open, so there will only
be gaps between files that are open simultaneously. If they're created
sequentially there will be no gap.

This issue exists even with the current code.

The patch will have a small effect. With the current code an open file
will lose its preallocation when some other process touches the inode.
In that case a subsequently created file will follow without a gap. As
soon as the open file is written to, though, it gets a new preallocation.
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