Re: [PATCH 1/2] f2fs: use crc and cp version to determine roll-forward recovery

From: Chao Yu
Date: Thu Sep 29 2016 - 08:02:06 EST

On 2016/9/20 10:55, Jaegeuk Kim wrote:
> Previously, we used cp_version only to detect recoverable dnodes.
> In order to avoid same garbage cp_version, we needed to truncate the next
> dnode during checkpoint, resulting in additional discard or data write.
> If we can distinguish this by using crc in addition to cp_version, we can
> remove this overhead.
> There is backward compatibility concern where it changes node_footer layout.
> But, it only affects the direct nodes written after the last checkpoint.
> We simply expect that user would change kernel versions back and forth after
> stable checkpoint.

Seems with new released v4.8 f2fs, old image with recoverable data could be
mounted successfully, but meanwhile all fsynced data which needs to be recovered
will be lost w/o any hints?

Could we release a new version mkfs paired with new kernel module, so we can tag
image as a new layout one, then new kernel module can recognize the image layout
and adjust version suited comparing method with old or new image?