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[dm-devel] Re: [PATCH block#for-2.6.31] block: add request clone interface



Hi Jens,

On 06/10/2009 03:03 AM +0900, Jens Axboe wrote:
> On Tue, Jun 09 2009, Kiyoshi Ueda wrote:
>> Hi Jens,
>>
>> +/*
>> + * Copy request information of the original request to the clone request.
>> + */
>> +static void __blk_rq_prep_clone(struct request *dst, struct request *src)
>> +{
>> +	dst->cpu = src->cpu;
>> +	dst->cmd_flags = (rq_data_dir(src) | REQ_NOMERGE);
>> +	dst->cmd_type = src->cmd_type;
>> +	dst->__sector = blk_rq_pos(src);
>> +	dst->__data_len = blk_rq_bytes(src);
>> +	dst->nr_phys_segments = src->nr_phys_segments;
>> +	dst->ioprio = src->ioprio;
>> +	dst->buffer = src->buffer;
>> +	dst->cmd_len = src->cmd_len;
>> +	dst->cmd = src->cmd;
> 
> Are you making sure that 'src' always exists while 'dst' is alive?

Yes.
Request-based dm is the owner of 'src' (original) and
it never frees 'src' until the 'dst' (clone) are completed.

I avoided deep-copying __cmd/buffer/sense as it's costly
(additional allocation and memcpy).
And I don't think there are any needs for that.
But if anyone really wants that even with the copying cost,
please speak up.

Thanks,
Kiyoshi Ueda


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