[libvirt] [PATCH] Fix sparse volume allocation reporting

Cole Robinson crobinso at redhat.com
Fri Apr 3 14:18:22 UTC 2009

Cole Robinson wrote:
> Daniel P. Berrange wrote:
>> On Thu, Mar 26, 2009 at 05:55:00PM +0100, Daniel Veillard wrote:
>>> On Thu, Mar 26, 2009 at 01:19:12PM +0000, Daniel P. Berrange wrote:
>>>> On Tue, Mar 24, 2009 at 03:29:21PM -0400, Cole Robinson wrote:
>>> [...]
>>>> Having read the man page again, I'm inclined to say using st_blksize
>>>> is always wrong no matter what, because it is quite clear that 'st_blocks'
>>>> is always in 512 byte units. So perhaps we might be better of doing
>>>>    #ifndef DEV_BSIZE
>>>>    #define DEV_BSIZE 512
>>>>    #endif
>>>> And then always using DEV_BSIZE. 
>>>   In those kind of cases I go down to the spec and it states (in the
>>> informative section though):
>>> -----------------------------------------
>>> http://www.opengroup.org/onlinepubs/000095399/basedefs/sys/stat.h.html
>>> "The unit for the st_blocks member of the stat structure is not defined
>>> within IEEE Std 1003.1-2001. In some implementations it is 512 bytes. It
>>> may differ on a file system basis. There is no correlation between
>>> values of the st_blocks and st_blksize, and the f_bsize (from
>>> <sys/statvfs.h>) structure members.
>>> Traditionally, some implementations defined the multiplier for st_blocks
>>> in <sys/param.h> as the symbol DEV_BSIZE."
>>> -----------------------------------------
>>>   So I agree with Dan, we need to drop st_blksize in any volume size
>>> computation, and fallback to 512 if not defined, apparently only
>>> src/storage_backend.c referenced it :-)
>>>   I still find the "It may differ on a file system basis" to be a bit
>>> frightening considering the sandard doesn't seems to indicate how to
>>> extract that information from the filesystem :-( , oh well ...
>> I guess if we come across a filesystem where it is not 512, then someone
>> will have created an ioctl() or equivalent to let us find out the true
>> value. Failing that, relying on 512 seems like a good plan.
>> Daniel
> Okay, updated patch attached.

Applied now.


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