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SubjectRe: [PATCH 00/52] [RFC] virtio-fs: shared file system for virtual machines
On Tue, Feb 12, 2019 at 09:26:48PM +0530, Aneesh Kumar K.V wrote:
> Vivek Goyal <> writes:
> > Hi,
> >
> > Here are RFC patches for virtio-fs. Looking for feedback on this approach.
> >
> > These patches should apply on top of 4.20-rc5. We have also put code for
> > various components here.
> >
> >
> >
> > Problem Description
> > ===================
> > We want to be able to take a directory tree on the host and share it with
> > guest[s]. Our goal is to be able to do it in a fast, consistent and secure
> > manner. Our primary use case is kata containers, but it should be usable in
> > other scenarios as well.
> >
> > Containers may rely on local file system semantics for shared volumes,
> > read-write mounts that multiple containers access simultaneously. File
> > system changes must be visible to other containers with the same consistency
> > expected of a local file system, including mmap MAP_SHARED.
> >
> > Existing Solutions
> > ==================
> > We looked at existing solutions and virtio-9p already provides basic shared
> > file system functionality although does not offer local file system semantics,
> > causing some workloads and test suites to fail.
> Can you elaborate on this? Is this with 9p2000.L ? We did quiet a lot of
> work to make sure posix test suite pass on 9p file system. Also
> was the mount option with cache=loose?

Hi Aneesh,

Yes this is with 9p2000.L and cache=loose. I used following mount option.

mount -t 9p -o trans=virtio hostShared /mnt/virtio-9p/ -oversion=9p2000.L,posixacl,cache=loose

We noticed primarily two issues.

- Ran pjdfstests and a lot of them are failing. I think even kata
container folks also experienced pjdfstests failures. I have never
looked into details of why it is failing.

- We thought mmap(MAP_SHARED) will not work with virtio-9p when two
clients are running in two different VMs and mapped same file with

Having said that, biggest concern with virtio-9p seems to be performance.
We are looking for ways to improve performance with virtio-fs. Hoping
DAX can provide faster data access and fuse protocol itself seems to
be faster (in primilinary testing results).


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