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Re: [dm-devel] [PATCH 2/5] dm: implement REQ_FLUSH/FUA support for bio-based dm



On 09/01/2010 03:54 PM, Mike Snitzer wrote:
>> It just doesn't happen anymore.  If the underlying device doesn't
>> support FLUSH/FUA, the block layer simply make those parts noop.  IOW,
>> it no longer distinguishes between writeback cache which doesn't
>> support cache flush at all and writethrough cache.  Devices which have
>> WB cache w/o flush very difficult to come by these days and there's
>> nothing much we can do anyway, so it doesn't make sense to require
>> everyone to implement -EOPNOTSUPP.
>>
>> One scheduled feature is to implement falling back to REQ_FLUSH when
>> the device advertises REQ_FUA but fails to process it, but one way or
>> the other, the goal is encapsulating REQ_FLUSH/FUA support in block
>> layer proper.  If FLUSH/FUA can be retried using a different strategy,
>> it should be done inside request_queue proper instead of pushing retry
>> logic to all its users.
> 
> OK, so maybe add this info to the patch header one of the primary
> FLUSH+FUA conversion patches?

Sure.

Thanks.

-- 
tejun


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