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Re: [Qemu-block] [PATCH v2] qcow2: discard bitmap when removed

From: John Snow
Subject: Re: [Qemu-block] [PATCH v2] qcow2: discard bitmap when removed
Date: Mon, 18 Mar 2019 18:18:19 -0400
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On 2/28/19 4:26 AM, Andrey Shinkevich wrote:
> When a bitmap is removed, we can clean some space on the disk. The size
> of a cluster may be larger, so is the size of the bitmap that includes
> many clusters. Some bitmaps can be as large as tens of megabytes.
> The flag QCOW2_DISCARD_ALWAYS allows a call to the raw_co_pdiscard()
> that does the actual cleaning of the image on disk, while with the flag
> QCOW2_DISCARD_OTHER, a reference count of the cluster is updated only.
> Signed-off-by: Andrey Shinkevich <address@hidden>
> ---
> v1: Discard old bitmap directories in QCOW2 image
> In the first version of the patch, any call to qcow2_free_clusters() in
> block/qcow2-bitmap.c was with the flag QCOW2_DISCARD_ALWAYS, even in the
> cases when the cleaned space is insignificant, particularly, in case of
> bitmap directories.
> Discussed in the email thread with the message ID
> <address@hidden>
>  block/qcow2-bitmap.c | 2 +-
>  1 file changed, 1 insertion(+), 1 deletion(-)
> diff --git a/block/qcow2-bitmap.c b/block/qcow2-bitmap.c
> index 3ee524d..162744e 100644
> --- a/block/qcow2-bitmap.c
> +++ b/block/qcow2-bitmap.c
> @@ -202,7 +202,7 @@ static void clear_bitmap_table(BlockDriverState *bs, 
> uint64_t *bitmap_table,
>              continue;
>          }
> -        qcow2_free_clusters(bs, addr, s->cluster_size, QCOW2_DISCARD_OTHER);
> +        qcow2_free_clusters(bs, addr, s->cluster_size, QCOW2_DISCARD_ALWAYS);
>          bitmap_table[i] = 0;
>      }
>  }
Looks like 4.1 material now. Kevin may have been expecting me to engage
with this, even though I do not maintain the qcow2-bitmap.c file. (And
I'm very behind on reading mail that was not directly addressed to me,

Please resend when the 4.1 window opens and we'll address this then.


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