[PATCH] IFS: Inode FileSystem
brooks at one-eyed-alien.net
Mon Jun 6 16:40:31 GMT 2005
On Sun, Jun 05, 2005 at 02:03:10PM -0400, Suleiman Souhlal wrote:
> IFS is basically FFS, minus the namespace. Files are referenced by
> their inode number, thus making file lookup very fast. This is very
> useful for things that keep the file names in their own database
> anyway, such as web or news caches.
> Files are created by opening the "newfile" file:
> fd = open("newfile", O_CREAT|O_RDWR, 0644);
> fstat(fd, &st);
> printf("new file is %d\n", (int)st.st_ino);
> Once a file has been created it is possible to accessing by just
> opening it the file named after the inode number. For example:
> fd = open("5", O_RDWR);
> This filesystem was imported back in the year 2000, by Adrian Chadd
> (adrian@) and removed in 2002, before the introduction of UFS2 in
> order not to slow down the development of UFS2.
> I have fixed it so that it is usable on -CURRENT. You can find the
> kernel bits at http://people.freebsd.org/~ssouhlal/testing/
> ifs-20050605-2.diff and the userland bits at http://
> people.freebsd.org/~ssouhlal/testing/ifs-20050605-userland-2.diff .
> (You need to copy src/sbin/fsck_ffs to src/sbin/fsck_ifs and src/sbin/
> mount_ufs to src/sbin/mount_ifs, before applying the userland patch).
> You can use the regular newfs(8) to create such a filesystem. You
> might also want to specify the -n option, so that the .snap directory
> is not created at newfs, since directories are useless, in IFS. If
> you don't you'll end up with a useless inode, which is not really a
> big deal.
> Once the filesystem is created, you can mount it with mount_ifs.
> You can find additional comments in src/sys/ufs/ifs/README in the patch.
> Is anyone interested in seeing this committed?
I would very much like to see this committed. The vast majority of high
performance computing data management systems could strongly benefit
from a system like IFS. If it's in the tree and usable in a shipping
release, that gives us a powerful edge in convincing people to use
FreeBSD as a backed for such a system.
Any statement of the form "X is the one, true Y" is FALSE.
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