Re: [RFC v3 11/13] vfs: add 3 new ioctl interfaces

From: Zhi Yong Wu
Date: Fri Oct 19 2012 - 04:21:52 EST

On Tue, Oct 16, 2012 at 11:17 AM, Dave Chinner <david@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> On Wed, Oct 10, 2012 at 06:07:33PM +0800, zwu.kernel@xxxxxxxxx wrote:
>> From: Zhi Yong Wu <wuzhy@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
>> FS_IOC_GET_HEAT_INFO: return a struct containing the various
>> metrics collected in btrfs_freq_data structs, and also return a
> I think you mean hot_freq_data :P
>> calculated data temperature based on those metrics. Optionally, retrieve
>> the temperature from the hot data hash list instead of recalculating it.
> To get the heat info for a specific file you have to know what file
> you want to get that info for, right? I can see the usefulness of
> asking for the heat data on a specific file, but how do you find the
> hot files in the first place? i.e. the big question the user
> interface needs to answer is "what files are hot?".
> Once userspace knows what the hottest files are, it can open them
> and query the data via the above ioctl, but expecting userspace to
> iterate millions of inodes in a filesystem to find hot files is very
> inefficient.
> FWIW, if you were to return file handles to the hottest files, then
Good idea. I am not very clear about how to implement it. file handles
mean file_handle?? How to return them to the application? via
debugfs? How many hottest files should be returned?? Top 100?

> the application could open and query them without even needing to
> know the path name to them. This woul dbe exceedingly useful for
> defragmentation programs, especially as that is the way xfs_fsr
> already operates on candidate files.(*)
> IOWs, sometimes the pathname is irrelevant to the operations that
> applications want to perform - all they care about having an
> efficient method of finding the inode they want and getting a file
> descriptor that points to the file. Given the heat map info fits
> right in to the sort of operations defrag and data mover tools
> already do, it kind of makes sense to optimise the interface towards
> those uses....
> (*) i.e. finds them via bulkstat which returns handle information
> along with all the other inode data, then opens the file by handle
> to do the defrag work....
>> FS_IOC_GET_HEAT_OPTS: return an integer representing the current
>> state of hot data tracking and migration:
>> 0 = do nothing
>> 1 = track frequency of access
>> FS_IOC_SET_HEAT_OPTS: change the state of hot data tracking and
>> migration, as described above.
> I can't see how this is a manageable interface. It is not
> persistent, so after every filesystem mount you'd have to set the
> flag on all your inodes again. Hence, for the moment, I'd suggest
> that dropping per-inode tracking control until all the core issues
> are sorted out....
> Cheers,
> Dave.
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> Dave Chinner
> david@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
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