Re: [PATCH v2 0/5] fs, xfs: block map immutable files for dax, dma-to-storage, and swap

From: Christoph Hellwig
Date: Sat Aug 05 2017 - 05:50:22 EST

On Thu, Aug 03, 2017 at 07:38:11PM -0700, Dan Williams wrote:
> [ adding linux-api to the cover letter for notification, will send the
> full set to linux-api for v3 ]

Just don't send this crap ever again. All the so called use cases in the
earlier thread were incorrect and highly dangerous.

Promising that the block map is stable is not a useful userspace API,
as it the block map is a complete internal implementation detail.

We've been through this a few times but let me repeat it: The only
sensible API gurantee is one that is observable and usable.

so Jan's synchronous page fault flag in one form or another makes
perfect sense as it is a clear receipe for the user: you don't
have to call msync to persist your mmap writes. This API is not,
it guarantees that the block map does not change, but the application
has absolutely no point of even knowing about the block map.