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Re: [dm-devel] [RFC PATCH 2/2] dm: add support for splitting discard requests



On Sat, Jun 26, 2010 at 04:31:25PM -0400, Mike Snitzer wrote:
> Enable the striped target to support discard requests by splitting a
> single discard into N discards on a stripe chunk size boundary.
> 
> Follow on core block layer work to merge discards would be helpful.
> 
> This work relies on DM's clone_bio() always having BIO_RW_BARRIER set
> for discard requests.  Without BIO_RW_BARRIER the block layer will spew
> "blk: request botched" warnings for discards that were split by DM.
> - this clearly needs further investigation!

Btw, you can get discard requests from the upper layer that do not
have BIO_RW_BARRIER set, currently from the BLKDISCARD ioctl used by
various mkfs tools, and also from the not yet merged xfs discard
support.

Can I assume it works fine with those?

> -	clone->bi_rw &= ~(1 << BIO_RW_BARRIER);
> +	if (!bio_rw_flagged(bio, BIO_RW_DISCARD))
> +		clone->bi_rw &= ~(1 << BIO_RW_BARRIER);
> +	else if (!bio_rw_flagged(bio, BIO_RW_BARRIER)) {
> +		/* discard w/o barrier results in "blk: request botched" */
> +		clone->bi_rw |= (1 << BIO_RW_BARRIER);
> +	}

So previously we unconditionally cleared the BIO_RW_BARRIER bit in the clone.

Maybe to make it cleared reorder the if a bit and also just set the
barrier bit unconditionally for discards, similar to how we
unconditionally clear it otherwise:

	if (bio_rw_flagged(bio, BIO_RW_DISCARD)) {
		/* discard w/o barrier results in "blk: request botched" */
		clone->bi_rw |= (1 << BIO_RW_BARRIER);
	} else {
		clone->bi_rw &= ~(1 << BIO_RW_BARRIER);
	}

maybe even with a slightly longer comment explaining what's actually
going on here, and a FIXME.


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