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Fri Aug 26 19:35:19 2016 UTC (3 years, 3 months ago) by dholland
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Minor improvements; note crash recovery.

[[!template id=project

title="Discard for FFS"

contact="""
[tech-kern](mailto:tech-kern@NetBSD.org)
"""

mentors="""
"""

category="filesystems"
difficulty="medium"
duration="2-3 months"

description="""
The fdiscard system call, and the file-system-level VOP_DISCARD operation
backing it, allow dropping ranges of blocks from files to create
sparse files with holes.
This is a simple generalization of truncate.

Discard is not currently implemented for FFS; implement it.
(For regular files.)
It should be possible to do so by generalizing the existing truncate
code; this should be not super-difficult, but somewhat messy.

Note that it's important (for both the WAPBL and non-WAPBL cases) to
preserve the on-disk invariants needed for successful crash recovery.

"""

]]

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