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ext4: add new online resize interface

From:  Yongqiang Yang <>
Subject:  [PATCH v4 0/15] ext4: add new online resize interface
Date:  Sat, 19 Nov 2011 17:57:06 +0800
Message-ID:  <>
Archive-link:  Article

Hi all,

This patch series adds new resize implementation to ext4.

-- What's new resize implementation?
   It is a new online resize interface for ext4.  It can be used via
   ioctl with EXT4_IOC_RESIZE_FS and a 64 bit integer indicating size
   of the resized fs in block.

-- Difference between current resize and new resize.
   New resize lets kernel do all work, like allocating bitmaps and
   inode tables and can support flex_bg and BLOCK_UNINIT features.
   Besides these, new resize is much faster than current resize.

   Below are benchmarks I made on my personal computer, fses with
   flex_bg size = 16 were resized to 230GB evry time. The first
   row shows the size of a fs from which the fs was resized to 230GB.
   The datas were collected by 'time resize2fs'.

                      new resize
                20GB          50GB      100GB
      real    0m3.558s     0m2.891s    0m0.394s
      user    0m0.004s     0m0.000s    0m0.394s
      sys     0m0.048s     0m0.048s    0m0.028s

                      current resize
                20GB          50GB      100GB
      real    5m2.770s     4m43.757s  3m14.840s
      user    0m0.040s     0m0.032s   0m0.024s
      sys     0m0.464s     0m0.432s   0m0.324s

   According to data above, new resize is faster than current resize in both
   user and sys time.  New resize performs well in sys time, because it
   supports BLOCK_UNINIT and adds multi-groups each time.

-- About supporting new features.
   YES! New resize can support new feature like bigalloc and exclude bitmap
   easily.  Because it lets kernel do all work.

   rename __ext4_group_extend to ext4_group_extend_no_check.

   initialize block bitmap of last group.
   remove code initalizing inode bitmap and inode tables.


git diff --stat

 Documentation/filesystems/ext4.txt |    7 +
 fs/ext4/ext4.h                     |   10 +
 fs/ext4/ioctl.c                    |   39 ++
 fs/ext4/resize.c                   | 1167 +++++++++++++++++++++++++++---------
 4 files changed, 942 insertions(+), 281 deletions(-)

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