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

From: Arjan van de Ven
Date: Sun Aug 20 2006 - 11:22:40 EST

On Sun, 2006-08-20 at 12:48 +0100, Ron Yorston wrote:
> 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
> >disk.
> 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.
> -

maybe porting the reservation code to ext2 (as Val has done) is a nicer
long term solution..

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