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SubjectRe: [PATCH v3 00/12] Enable per-file/directory DAX operations V3
Ira Weiny <> writes:

> On Fri, Feb 14, 2020 at 04:23:19PM -0500, Jeff Moyer wrote:
>> Ira Weiny <> writes:
>> > [disclaimer: the following assumes the underlying 'device' (superblock)
>> > supports DAX]
>> >
>> > ... which results in S_DAX == false when the file is opened without the mount
>> > option. The key would be that all directories/files created under a root with
>> > XFS_DIFLAG2_DAX == true would inherit their flag and be XFS_DIFLAG2_DAX == true
>> > all the way down the tree. Any file not wanting DAX would need to set
>> > XFS_DIFLAG2_DAX == false. And setting false could be used on a directory to
>> > allow a user or group to not use dax on files in that sub-tree.
>> >
>> > Then without '-o dax' (XFS_MOUNT_DAX == false) all files when opened set S_DAX
>> > equal to XFS_DIFLAG2_DAX value. (Directories, as of V4, never get S_DAX set.)
>> >
>> > If '-o dax' (XFS_MOUNT_DAX == true) then S_DAX is set on all files.
>> One more clarifying question. Let's say I set XFS_DIFLAG2_DAX on an
>> inode. I then open the file, and perform mmap/load/store/etc. I close
>> the file, and I unset XFS_DIFLAG2_DAX. Will the next open treat the
>> file as S_DAX or not? My guess is the inode won't be evicted, and so
>> S_DAX will remain set.
> The inode will not be evicted, or even it happens to be xfs_io will reload it
> to unset the XFS_DIFLAG2_DAX flag. And the S_DAX flag changes _with_ the
> XFS_DIFLAG2_DAX change when it can (when the underlying storage supports
> S_DAX).

OK, so it will be possible to change the effective mode.

I'll try to get some testing in on this series, now.


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