Re: [PATCH v11 00/21] Add support for NV-DIMMs to ext4

From: Matthew Wilcox
Date: Tue Sep 30 2014 - 12:08:52 EST

On Tue, Sep 30, 2014 at 10:53:47AM -0400, Valdis.Kletnieks@xxxxxx wrote:
> On Tue, 30 Sep 2014 10:48:54 -0400, Matthew Wilcox said:
> > No, it doesn't try to do that. Wouldn't you be better served with an
> > LD_PRELOAD that forces O_DIRECT on?
> Not when you don't want it on every file, and users are creating and
> deleting files once in a while. A chattr-like command is easier and
> more scalable than rebuilding the LD_PRELOAD every time the list of
> files gets changed....

The more I think about this, the more I think this is a bad idea.
When you have a file open with O_DIRECT, your I/O has to be done in
512-byte multiples, and it has to be aligned to 512-byte boundaries
in memory. If an unsuspecting application has O_DIRECT forced on it,
it isn't going to know to do that, and so all its I/Os will fail.
It'll also be horribly inefficient if a program has the file mmaped.

What problem are you really trying to solve? Some big files hogging
the page cache?
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