[PATCH 1/2][SRU][Disco] UBUNTU: SAUCE: shiftfs: add O_DIRECT support

Seth Forshee seth.forshee at canonical.com
Fri Jul 19 20:02:21 UTC 2019

On Fri, Jul 19, 2019 at 05:50:46PM +0200, Christian Brauner wrote:
> BugLink: https://bugs.launchpad.net/bugs/1837223
> This enabled O_DIRECT support for shiftfs if the underlay supports it.
> Currently shiftfs does not handle O_DIRECT if the underlay supports it.
> This is blocking dqlite - an essential part of LXD - from profiting from
> the performance benefits of O_DIRECT on suitable filesystems when used
> with async io such as aio or io_uring.
> Overlayfs cannot support this directly since the upper filesystem in
> overlay can be any filesystem. So if the upper filesystem does not
> support O_DIRECT but the lower filesystem does you're out of luck.
> Shiftfs does not suffer from the same problem since there is not concept
> of an upper filesystem in the same way that overlayfs has it.
> Essentially, shiftfs is a transparent shim relaying everything to the
> underlay while overlayfs' upper layer is not (completely).

I get concerned any time shiftfs just copies up some non-trivial data
from the lower filesystem, that shiftfs is going to get bypassed and
some important metadata will not get propoerly updated in shiftfs. The
question that immediately comes to mind in this case is whether i_size
in the shiftfs indoe gets updated following an O_DIRECT write, and I
suspect tha there are other similar cases to worry about. Have you
considered this possibility and confirmed that no such issues exist?


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