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Re: [linux-lvm] Data deduplication for Linux : lessfs



Roy Sigurd Karlsbakk wrote:
>>>> I am thinking about starting to work on a data deduplicating
blockdevice, a kernel module called blockless.
If done smartly, this may perhaps be possible, but the problem is the filesystem's metadata. Is this going to be dedup'ed? How much will this take? A simple backup will update atime on all the files backed up, and although atime isn't always wanted or needed, the problem occurs elsewhere.

Block level deduplication isn't going to know/care about the difference between file contents and metadata. It is either stored in blocks that match other blocks or not and the difference should not be visible to the filesystem living on top of the block device.


My point exactly. If dedup was to be done on the block layer, you'd need flag to say "do not dedup this".

Why? How can it possibly make any difference? It's not likely that you'd have dupes in the metadata block, but if you do it doesn't matter that they are transparently mapped into one. You need a copy-on-write mechanism anyway since if you write to either they won't be dups any more.

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