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[dm-devel] Re: [RFC PATCH 2/8] rqbased-dm: add block layer hook

On Wed, Dec 20 2006, Kiyoshi Ueda wrote:
> Hi Jens,
> Sorry for the less explanation.
> On Wed, 20 Dec 2006 14:49:24 +0100, Jens Axboe <jens axboe oracle com> wrote:
> > On Tue, Dec 19 2006, Kiyoshi Ueda wrote:
> > > This patch adds new "end_io_first" hook in __end_that_request_first()
> > > for request-based device-mapper.
> > 
> > What's this for, lack of stacking?
> I don't understand the meaning of "lack of stacking" well but
> I guess that it means "Is the existing hook in end_that_request_last()
> not enough?"  If so, the answer is no.
> (If the geuss is wrong, please let me know.)
> The new hook is needed for error handling in dm.
> For example, when an error occurred on a request, dm-multipath
> wants to try another path before returning EIO to application.
> Without the new hook, at the point of end_that_request_last(),
> the bios are already finished with error and can't be retried.

Ok, I see what you are getting at. The current ->end_io() is called when
the request has fully completed, you want notification for each chunk
potentially completed.

I think a better design here would be to use ->end_io() as the full
completion handler, similar to how bio->bi_end_io() works. A request
originating from __make_request() would set something ala:

int fs_end_io(struct request *rq, int error, unsigned int nr_bytes)
        if (!__end_that_request_first(rq, err, nr_bytes)) {
                end_that_request_last(rq, error);
                return 0;

        return 1;

and normal io completion from a driver would use a helper:

int blk_complete_io(struct request *rq, int error, unsigned int nr_bytes)
        return rq->end_io(rq, error, nr_bytes);

instead of calling the functions manually. That would allow you to get
notification right at the beginning and do what you need, without adding
a special hook for this.

When designing these things, never be afraid to change some of the core
bits. It is a lot better than hacking around the current code, if it
doesn't quite fit your needs.

Jens Axboe

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