On 2016-09-21 06:25, Holger Hoffstätte wrote:
On 09/21/16 11:24, David Sterba wrote:

as you might have noticed, the [1] wiki Status page lists the
free-space-tree as 'Unstable', referencing a problem with the bitmap
endianity. This will affect only bigendian systems.

There's one more problem that I overlooked but was pointed to by Omar
recently.  The initial FST support in btrfs-progs is read-only,


"However, we're not adding the FREE_SPACE_TREE read-only compat bit to
the set of supported bits because progs doesn't know how to keep the
free space tree consistent."

Historically, the initial patchset version did not recognize FST feature
and thus refused to write, but then it was pointed by Qu and Holger that
the compat_ro bit is missing for FST. I've added it but this was a
mistake. This change is going to be reverted.

I'm not sure I understand - can you explain why this is was so wrong?
Or Omar maybe?

If btrfsck wants to correct something (write), it can simply always
and unconditionally invalidate the fst instead of trying to "repair"
it..and I think that's what happens at the moment (at least I think
it did for me recently). That seems like a safe and simple way.
I know this is what it does with the regular FSC, but I'm not sure if it does so with the FST. If it doesn't, it probably should though.

The fst by itself seems to be working really well even in extreme
scenarios (Stefan Priebe's 50+ TB filesystems come to mind, which fell
over on a regular basis before I merged the fst into my "stable++"
kernels), and considering how many bugs we've seen in the past from
the v1 cache, I was really hoping that we can make v2 the default
soon instead of skirting around the issue even longer.
I entirely agree regarding this. I've not tested it on anywhere near that scale, but I've been running it since shortly after support was present in both stable kernels and userspace, and I've not seen a single issue on any of my systems except for the aforementioned big endian issue (which hasn't really affected me that much, since all my big endian systems are test VM's anyway).

Of course if there are plain old runtime bugs in the fst then they need
to be considered, but this seems to be about btrfs-progs support.

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