Re: [RFC][PATCH] ChunkFS: fs fission for faster fsck

From: Amit Gud
Date: Thu Apr 26 2007 - 12:57:54 EST

Jeff Dike wrote:
On Thu, Apr 26, 2007 at 10:53:16AM -0500, Amit Gud wrote:
Jeff Dike wrote:
How about this case:

Growing file starts in chunk A.
Overflows into chunk B.
Delete file in chunk A.
Growing file overflows chunk B and spots new free space in
chunk A (and nothing anywhere else)
Overflows into chunk A
Delete file in chunk B.
Overflow into chunk B again.

Maybe this is not realistic, but in the absence of a mechanism to pull
data back from an overflow chunk, it seems at least a theoretical
possibility that there could be > 1 continuation inodes per file per

Preventive measures are taken to limit only one continuation inode per file per chunk. This can be done easily in the chunk allocation algorithm for disk space. Although I'm not quite sure what you mean by "Delete file in chunk A". If you are referring to same file thats growing, then deletion is not possible, because individual parts of any file in any chunk cannot be deleted.

No, I'm referring to a different file. The scenario is that you have
a growing file in a nearly full disk with files being deleted (and
thus space being freed) such that allocations for the growing file
bounce back and forth between chunks.

In such scenario either lot of continuation inodes < number of chunks would be created or lot of sparse pieces would be created. But we can certainly enforce the constraint of one continuation inode per file per chunk, excluding the file's primary chunk in which it started.

May the source be with you.

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