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From: Johannes Thumshirn <>
To: Damien Le Moal <>
	Johannes Thumshirn <>
Subject: [PATCH 3/3] zonefs: document the explicit-open mount option
Date: Fri,  4 Sep 2020 20:23:28 +0900	[thread overview]
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Document the newly introduced explicit-open mount option.

Signed-off-by: Johannes Thumshirn <>
 Documentation/filesystems/zonefs.rst | 15 +++++++++++++++
 1 file changed, 15 insertions(+)

diff --git a/Documentation/filesystems/zonefs.rst b/Documentation/filesystems/zonefs.rst
index 6c18bc8ce332..ff8bc3634bad 100644
--- a/Documentation/filesystems/zonefs.rst
+++ b/Documentation/filesystems/zonefs.rst
@@ -326,6 +326,21 @@ discover the amount of data that has been written to the zone. In the case of a
 read-only zone discovered at run-time, as indicated in the previous section.
 The size of the zone file is left unchanged from its last updated value.
+A zoned block device (e.g. a NVMe Zoned Namespace device) may have
+limits on the number of zones that can be active, that is, zones that
+are in the the implicit open, explicit open or closed conditions.
+This potential limitation translate into a risk for applications to see
+write IO errors due to this limit being exceeded if the zone of a file
+is not already active when a write request is issued by the user.
+To avoid these potential errors, the "explicit-open" mount option
+forces zones to be made active using an open zone command when a file
+is open for writing for the first time. If the zone open command
+succeeds, the application is then guaranteed that write requests can be
+processed. Conversely, the "explicit-open" mount option will result in
+a zone close command being issued to the device on the last close() of
+a zone file if the zone is not full nor empty.
 Zonefs User Space Tools

  parent reply	other threads:[~2020-09-04 11:28 UTC|newest]

Thread overview: 11+ messages / expand[flat|nested]  mbox.gz  Atom feed  top
2020-09-04 11:23 [PATCH 0/3] zonefs: introduce -o " Johannes Thumshirn
2020-09-04 11:23 ` [PATCH 1/3] zonefs: introduce helper for zone management Johannes Thumshirn
2020-09-07  2:55   ` Damien Le Moal
2020-09-04 11:23 ` [PATCH 2/3] zonefs: open/close zone on file open/close Johannes Thumshirn
2020-09-07  3:06   ` Damien Le Moal
2020-09-07  8:49     ` Johannes Thumshirn
2020-09-07  9:52       ` Damien Le Moal
2020-09-07  4:32   ` Damien Le Moal
2020-09-04 11:23 ` Johannes Thumshirn [this message]
2020-09-04 15:17   ` [PATCH 3/3] zonefs: document the explicit-open mount option Randy Dunlap
2020-09-07  3:09   ` Damien Le Moal

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