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From: Nick Piggin on 24 Jun 2010 09:20
This has come up a few times in the past, and I'd like to try to get
an agreement on it. statvfs(2) importantly contains f_flag (mount
flags), and is encouraged to use rather than statfs(2). The kernel
provides a statfs syscall only.
This means glibc has to provide f_flag support by parsing /proc/mounts
and stat(2)ing mount points. This is really slow, and /proc/mounts is
hard for the kernel to provide. It's actually the last scalability
bottleneck in the core vfs for dbench (samba) after my patches.
Not only that, but it's racy.
Other than types, other differences are:
- statvfs(2) has is f_frsize, which seems fairly useless.
- statvfs(2) has f_favail.
- statfs(2) f_bsize is optimal transfer block, statvfs(2) f_bsize is fs
block size. The latter could be useful for disk space algorithms.
Both can be ill defned.
- statvfs(2) lacks f_type.
Is there anything more we should add here? Samba wants a capabilities
field, with things like sparse files, quotas, compression, encryption,
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