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Re: [dm-devel] [PATCH 1/6] dm raid45 target: export region hash functions and add a needed one



On Tuesday June 16, heinzm redhat com wrote:
> 
> That being said: once the future work on a unified virtual block device
> infrastructure is production ready, we're open to use that.
> 

I was kind-a hoping that you (and others) would be involved in
developing this unified infrastructure, rather than just waiting for
it.

I think a great first step would be to allow md/raid5 to be used
directly as a dm target, thus turning dm-raid5 into a shim layer over
md/raid5.  The process of doing this would very likely highlight a
lot of the issues we would need to address in creating a unified
framework.

I will try to find time to review your dm-raid5 code with a view to
understanding how it plugs in to dm, and then how the md/raid5 engine
can be used by dm-raid5.

Part of this will be disconnecting the md/raid5 code from any specific
knowledge of a gendisk and a request_queue as I suppose a dm-target
doesn't own any of these.  Also I would probably want the mddev not be
have to be on the "all_mddevs" list, as we would not want a 'dm' raid5
to appear in /proc/mdstat.

NeilBrown


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