Re: [RFC] extending splice for copy offloading

From: Myklebust, Trond
Date: Mon Sep 30 2013 - 13:44:32 EST

On Mon, 2013-09-30 at 19:17 +0200, Bernd Schubert wrote:
> It would be nice if there would be way if the file system would get a
> hint that the target file is supposed to be copy of another file. That
> way distributed file systems could also create the target-file with the
> correct meta-information (same storage targets as in-file has).
> Well, if we cannot agree on that, file system with a custom protocol at
> least can detect from 0 to SSIZE_MAX and then reset metadata. I'm not
> sure if this would work for pNFS, though.

splice() does not create new files. What you appear to be asking for
lies way outside the scope of that system call interface.

Trond Myklebust
Linux NFS client maintainer

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