Re: [RFC] sys_punchhole()
From: Badari Pulavarty
Date: Fri Nov 18 2005 - 11:54:55 EST
On Fri, 2005-11-18 at 17:42 +0100, Ragnar KjÃrstad wrote:
> On Sun, Nov 13, 2005 at 03:09:06PM +0000, Pavel Machek wrote:
> > > > We discussed this in madvise(REMOVE) thread - to add support
> > > > for sys_punchhole(fd, offset, len) to complete the functionality
> > > > (in the future).
> > > >
> > > > http://marc.theaimsgroup.com/?l=linux-mm&m=113036713810002&w=2
> > > >
> > > > What I am wondering is, should I invest time now to do it ?
> > >
> > > I haven't even heard anyone mention a need for this in the past 1-2 years.
> > Some database people wanted it maybe month ago. It was replaced by some
> > madvise hack...
> sys_punchhole is also potentially very useful for Hirarchial Storage
> Management. (Holes are typically used for data that have been migrated
> to tape).
I agree. But I am not interested in adding whole lot of complexity in
the kernel, just because some "potential" use for this. I want to know,
if people/products which really really need this feature and their
requirements, before I go down that path.
For that matter, HSM folks really care about DMAPI. But I never got
them to explicitly tell me, what is the most minimum subset interfaces
they *absolutely* need (and why) in the whole DMAPI specs :( I always
hear complaints about not having DMAPI.
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