On Wed, Dec 12 2018 at 11:12am -0500,
Christoph Hellwig <hch(a)infradead.org> wrote:
Does it really make sense to enhance dm-snapshot? I thought all
users of snapshots had moved on to dm-thinp?
There are cases where dm-snapshot is still useful for people. But those
are very niche users. I'm not opposed to others proposing enhancements
for dm-snapshot in general but it is definitely not a priority (Google's
dm-bow is an example of a case where dm-snapshot may get extended to
fulfill google's needs).
But for this specific DAX case, I can only assume efforts to prop up
dm-snapshot like this are born out of legacy use-cases. The reality is
getting DAX to work with dm-snapshot is pretty involved (due to mmap,
etc). This thread got into a lot of the details:
So any new attempt to reintroduce DAX support to dm-snapshot (or any
more complex DM target) will have a very high bar. One that requires
much more extensive mm and block (interlock) prep work to make DAX