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Re: posix_fallocate

On Sun, Nov 17, 2013 at 02:02:15AM +0100, Emmanuel Dreyfus wrote:
 > NetBSD-current seems to lack posix_fallocate(2)
 > .html
 > Is someone already working on it, or has thoughs about how it should be
 > implemented?

I have most of the plumbing (see "DIOCGDISCARDINFO and DIOCDISCARD")
but not an implementation for ffs or any other fs.

I think the chief question at this level is whether to support the
"keep the length" flag for fallocate, fdiscard, both, or neither. The
linux fallocate uses this to allow allocating blocks past EOF, which
strikes me as nuts; however, for discarding blocks it seems that
there's no inherent problem with having a hole at EOF and that
shrinking the file just because you dropped the block that contains
EOF is kind of silly. (And if the block containing EOF was the only
block, does it ratchet the size all the way back to zero? Ugh.)

I vaguely recall that some time back somebody had a preliminary
implementation of either fallocate or fdiscard or both for ffs, which
was not really good enough to commit. But I forget who and in what
context, so of course now I can't find it.

David A. Holland

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