Shrinking Support

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Currently XFS Filesystems can't be shrunk.
 
Currently XFS Filesystems can't be shrunk.
  
To support shrinking XFS filesystems a few things needs to be implemented, based on a list by Dave Chinner [http://marc.info/?l=linux-xfs&m=118091640624488&w=2]:
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To support shrinking XFS filesystems a few things needs to be implemented, based on a list by Dave Chinner [https://marc.info/?l=linux-xfs&m=118091640624488&]:
  
 
* A way to check space is available for shrink
 
* A way to check space is available for shrink
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== Available pieces ==
 
== Available pieces ==
  
* A script from Ruben Porras to check if enough free space is available to support shrinking [http://marc.info/?l=linux-xfs&m=118581682117599&w=2]
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* A script from Ruben Porras to check if enough free space is available to support shrinking.[https://marc.info/?l=linux-xfs&m=118581682117599]
  
* A patch from Ruben Porras to allow / disallow allocation from an allocation group [http://marc.info/?l=linux-xfs&m=118302806818420&w=2] plus userspace support for setting / clearing it [http://marc.info/?l=linux-xfs&m=118881137031101&w=2]
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* A patch from Ruben Porras to allow / disallow allocation from an allocation group [https://marc.info/?l=linux-xfs&m=118302806818420] plus userspace support for setting / clearing it [https://marc.info/?l=linux-xfs&m=118881137031101]
  
 
* The xfs_fsr tool in xfsprogs
 
* The xfs_fsr tool in xfsprogs
  
* The xfs_reno too, see [[Unfinished_work#The_xfs_reno_tool]]
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* The xfs_reno tool, see [[Unfinished_work#The_xfs_reno_tool]]
  
* An untested patch from Dave Chinner for a xfs_swap_inodes ioctl that allows to not just defragment extents but moving the whole inode [http://marc.info/?l=linux-xfs&m=119552278931942&w=2] and a patch to xfs_reno to use it from Ruben Porras [http://marc.info/?l=linux-xfs&m=119582841808985&w=2]
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* An untested patch from Dave Chinner for a xfs_swap_inodes ioctl that allows to not just defragment extents but moving the whole inode [https://marc.info/?l=linux-xfs&m=119552278931942] and a patch to xfs_reno to use it from Ruben Porras [https://marc.info/?l=linux-xfs&m=119582841808985]

Latest revision as of 21:41, 10 March 2019

Currently XFS Filesystems can't be shrunk.

To support shrinking XFS filesystems a few things needs to be implemented, based on a list by Dave Chinner [1]:

  • A way to check space is available for shrink
  • An ioctl or similar interface to prevent new allocations from a given allocation group.
  • A variant of the xfs_reno tool to support moving inodes out of filesystem areas that go away.
  • A variant of the xfs_fsr tool to support moving data out of the filesystem areas that go away.
  • Some way to move out orphan metadata out of the AGs truncated off
  • A transaction to shrink the filesystem.

At that point, we'll have a "working" shrink that will allow shrinking to only 50% of the original size because the log (in the middle of the filesystem) will get in the way. To fix that, we'll need to implement transactions to move the log...


[edit] Available pieces

  • A script from Ruben Porras to check if enough free space is available to support shrinking.[2]
  • A patch from Ruben Porras to allow / disallow allocation from an allocation group [3] plus userspace support for setting / clearing it [4]
  • The xfs_fsr tool in xfsprogs
  • An untested patch from Dave Chinner for a xfs_swap_inodes ioctl that allows to not just defragment extents but moving the whole inode [5] and a patch to xfs_reno to use it from Ruben Porras [6]
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