[Gluster-devel] regressions due to 64-bit ext4 directory cookies

Dave Chinner david at fromorbit.com
Thu Feb 14 05:32:15 UTC 2013

On Wed, Feb 13, 2013 at 04:40:35PM +0100, Bernd Schubert wrote:
> >The general advise (even before this Bug) is that XFS should be used,
> >which is not affected with this problem (yet?).
> Hmm, well, always depends on the workload.

XFS won't suffer from this collision bug, for 2 reasons. The first
is that XFS uses a virtual mapping for directory data and uses an
encoded index into that virtual mapping as the cookie data. You
can't have 2 entries at the same index, so you cannot get cookie

The second is that the virtual mapping is for a 32GB data segment,
(2^35 bytes) and, like so much of XFS, the cookie is made up of
bitfields that encode a specific location. The high bits are the
virtual block offset into the directory data segment, the low bits
the offset into the directory block. Given that directory entries
are aligned to 8 bytes, the offset into the directory block can have
3 bits compressed out and hence we end up with only 32 bits being
needed to address the entire 32GB directory data segment.

So, there are no collisions or 32/64 bit issues with XFS directory
cookies regardless of the workload.


Dave Chinner
david at fromorbit.com

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