Re: [PATCH] dm thin: relax hard limit on the maximum size of a metadata device

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Hi Mike,

My concerns are:

i) The current behaviour is upstream; by changing this aren't you
   making the tools writers life more complicated rather than less by
   making them support both interfaces?

ii) 16G is a ludicrous amount of space to allocate for metadata (16M
    would be much better).  Why are the tools trying to allocate this
    much?  LVM2's unit of _allocation_ may be the extent, but this is
    separate from activation.  If your extent size is 16G you can
    probably squeeze 1000 metadata areas into there.

    As a side issue it's not clear to me why anyone would want to use
    16G extents?  (eg, 16M extents lets them address 2^56 bytes of
    data in the VG).  Maybe the sys admins mistakenly think they're
    getting performance benefits through having more contiguous data?
    [LVM2's allocation policies try and allocate contiguous extents

If you can reassure me about (i) and that your patch isn't encouraging
poor tool code (ii), then I'll ack this patch.

- Joe

On Fri, Mar 02, 2012 at 04:32:33PM -0500, Mike Snitzer wrote:
> The thin metadata format can only make use of a device that is <=
> METADATA_DEV_MAX_SECTORS (currently 15.9375 GB).  Therefore, there is no
> practical benefit to using a larger device.
> However, it may be that other factors impose a certain granularity for
> the space that is allocated to a device (E.g. lvm2 can impose a coarse
> granularity through the use of large, >= 1 GB, physical extents).
> Rather than reject a larger metadata device, during thin-pool device
> construction, switch to allowing it but issue a warning if a device
> provided.  Any space over 15.9375 GB will not be used.
> Signed-off-by: Mike Snitzer <snitzer@xxxxxxxxxx>

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