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2006-12-08[PATCH] mm: change uses of f_{dentry,vfsmnt} to use f_pathJosef "Jeff" Sipek-1/+1
Change all the uses of f_{dentry,vfsmnt} to f_path.{dentry,mnt} in linux/mm/. Signed-off-by: Josef "Jeff" Sipek <> Signed-off-by: Andrew Morton <> Signed-off-by: Linus Torvalds <>
2006-08-06[PATCH] fadvise() make POSIX_FADV_NOREUSE a no-opAndrew Morton-1/+2
The POSIX_FADV_NOREUSE hint means "the application will use this range of the file a single time". It seems to be intended that the implementation will use this hint to perform drop-behind of that part of the file when the application gets around to reading or writing it. However for reasons which aren't obvious (or sane?) I mapped POSIX_FADV_NOREUSE onto POSIX_FADV_WILLNEED. ie: it does readahead. That's daft. So for now, make POSIX_FADV_NOREUSE a no-op. This is a non-back-compatible change. If someone was using POSIX_FADV_NOREUSE to perform readahead, they lose. The likelihood is low. If/when we later implement POSIX_FADV_NOREUSE things will get interesting - to do it fully we'll need to maintain file offset/length ranges and peform all sorts of complex tricks, and managing the lifetime of those ranges' data structures will be interesting.. A sensible implementation would probably ignore the file range and would simply mark the entire file as needing some form of drop-behind treatment. Cc: Michael Kerrisk <> Signed-off-by: Andrew Morton <> Signed-off-by: Linus Torvalds <>
2006-07-10[PATCH] fadvise: remove dead commentsAndrew Morton-12/+0
Cc: "Michael Kerrisk" <> Signed-off-by: Andrew Morton <> Signed-off-by: Linus Torvalds <>
2006-03-31[PATCH] sys_sync_file_range()Andrew Morton-20/+0
Remove the recently-added LINUX_FADV_ASYNC_WRITE and LINUX_FADV_WRITE_WAIT fadvise() additions, do it in a new sys_sync_file_range() syscall instead. Reasons: - It's more flexible. Things which would require two or three syscalls with fadvise() can be done in a single syscall. - Using fadvise() in this manner is something not covered by POSIX. The patch wires up the syscall for x86. The sycall is implemented in the new fs/sync.c. The intention is that we can move sys_fsync(), sys_fdatasync() and perhaps sys_sync() into there later. Documentation for the syscall is in fs/sync.c. A test app (sync_file_range.c) is in The available-to-GPL-modules do_sync_file_range() is for knfsd: "A COMMIT can say NFS_DATA_SYNC or NFS_FILE_SYNC. I can skip the ->fsync call for NFS_DATA_SYNC which is hopefully the more common." Note: the `async' writeout mode SYNC_FILE_RANGE_WRITE will turn synchronous if the queue is congested. This is trivial to fix: add a new flag bit, set wbc->nonblocking. But I'm not sure that we want to expose implementation details down to that level. Note: it's notable that we can sync an fd which wasn't opened for writing. Same with fsync() and fdatasync()). Note: the code takes some care to handle attempts to sync file contents outside the 16TB offset on 32-bit machines. It makes such attempts appear to succeed, for best 32-bit/64-bit compatibility. Perhaps it should make such requests fail... Cc: Nick Piggin <> Cc: Michael Kerrisk <> Cc: Ulrich Drepper <> Cc: Neil Brown <> Signed-off-by: Andrew Morton <> Signed-off-by: Linus Torvalds <>
2006-03-24[PATCH] fadvise(): write commandsAndrew Morton-5/+41
Add two new linux-specific fadvise extensions(): LINUX_FADV_ASYNC_WRITE: start async writeout of any dirty pages between file offsets `offset' and `offset+len'. Any pages which are currently under writeout are skipped, whether or not they are dirty. LINUX_FADV_WRITE_WAIT: wait upon writeout of any dirty pages between file offsets `offset' and `offset+len'. By combining these two operations the application may do several things: LINUX_FADV_ASYNC_WRITE: push some or all of the dirty pages at the disk. LINUX_FADV_WRITE_WAIT, LINUX_FADV_ASYNC_WRITE: push all of the currently dirty pages at the disk. LINUX_FADV_WRITE_WAIT, LINUX_FADV_ASYNC_WRITE, LINUX_FADV_WRITE_WAIT: push all of the currently dirty pages at the disk, wait until they have been written. It should be noted that none of these operations write out the file's metadata. So unless the application is strictly performing overwrites of already-instantiated disk blocks, there are no guarantees here that the data will be available after a crash. To complete this suite of operations I guess we should have a "sync file metadata only" operation. This gives applications access to all the building blocks needed for all sorts of sync operations. But sync-metadata doesn't fit well with the fadvise() interface. Probably it should be a new syscall: sys_fmetadatasync(). The patch also diddles with the meaning of `endbyte' in sys_fadvise64_64(). It is made to represent that last affected byte in the file (ie: it is inclusive). Generally, all these byterange and pagerange functions are inclusive so we can easily represent EOF with -1. As Ulrich notes, these two functions are somewhat abusive of the fadvise() concept, which appears to be "set the future policy for this fd". But these commands are a perfect fit with the fadvise() impementation, and several of the existing fadvise() commands are synchronous and don't affect future policy either. I think we can live with the slight incongruity. Cc: Michael Kerrisk <> Signed-off-by: Andrew Morton <> Signed-off-by: Linus Torvalds <>
2006-01-08[PATCH] fadvise: return ESPIPE on FIFO/pipeValentine Barshak-0/+5
The patch makes posix_fadvise return ESPIPE on FIFO/pipe in order to be fully POSIX-compliant. Signed-off-by: Andrew Morton <> Signed-off-by: Linus Torvalds <>
2005-06-24[PATCH] xip: madvice/fadvice: execute in placeCarsten Otte-0/+4
Make sys_madvice/fadvice return sane with xip. Signed-off-by: Carsten Otte <> Signed-off-by: Andrew Morton <> Signed-off-by: Linus Torvalds <>
2005-04-16Linux-2.6.12-rc2v2.6.12-rc2Linus Torvalds-0/+111
Initial git repository build. I'm not bothering with the full history, even though we have it. We can create a separate "historical" git archive of that later if we want to, and in the meantime it's about 3.2GB when imported into git - space that would just make the early git days unnecessarily complicated, when we don't have a lot of good infrastructure for it. Let it rip!