On 2013-05-30 06:55:16 -0400, Greg Smith wrote:
> On 5/30/13 6:49 AM, Robert Haas wrote:
> >On Wed, May 29, 2013 at 10:42 AM, Andres Freund <and...@2ndquadrant.com> 
> >wrote:
> >>So we don't even know whether we can read. I think that means we need to
> >>zero the file anyway...
> >
> >Surely this is undue pessimism.
> There have been many occasions where I've found the Linux kernel defining
> support for POSIX behavior with a NOP stub that basically says "we should
> make this work one day".  I don't know whether the fallocate code is one of
> those or a fully implemented call.  Based on that history, until I see a
> reader that validates the resulting files are good I have to assume they're
> not.

That argument in contrast I find not very convincing though. What was
the last incidence of such a system call that did not just error out
with ENOTSUPP or such?

The linux fallocate call is fully specified for this behaviour and got
added 2.6.23, there wasn't a stub before, so I am far less worried about
it than about the underspecifiedness of posix_fallocate(). Also, if some
system call doesn't follow its documented specifications it's not fully
our problem anymore. If we rely on undocumented behaviour though...


Andres Freund

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