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Re: [dm-devel] [PATCH v6 0/4] ext4: Coordinate data-only flush requests sent by fsync



FYI, here's an updated version of my patch to not run pure flushes
that also works on SCSI/ATA and not just virtio.  I suspect the patch
alone might not be enough, but together with a variant of Neil's
suggestion might do the trick, with my patch taking care of the
highend-devices and Neil's scheme of taking care of stupid SATA disks.


Index: linux-2.6/block/blk-flush.c
===================================================================
--- linux-2.6.orig/block/blk-flush.c	2010-11-30 17:27:33.108254088 +0100
+++ linux-2.6/block/blk-flush.c	2010-11-30 17:27:38.790004333 +0100
@@ -143,6 +143,17 @@ struct request *blk_do_flush(struct requ
 	unsigned skip = 0;
 
 	/*
+	 * Just issue pure flushes directly.
+	 */
+	if (!blk_rq_sectors(rq)) {
+		if (!do_preflush) {
+			__blk_end_request_all(rq, 0);
+			return NULL;
+		}
+		return rq;
+	}
+
+	/*
 	 * Special case.  If there's data but flush is not necessary,
 	 * the request can be issued directly.
 	 *
Index: linux-2.6/drivers/scsi/scsi_lib.c
===================================================================
--- linux-2.6.orig/drivers/scsi/scsi_lib.c	2010-11-30 17:27:33.120254298 +0100
+++ linux-2.6/drivers/scsi/scsi_lib.c	2010-11-30 17:27:38.791003634 +0100
@@ -1060,7 +1060,7 @@ int scsi_setup_blk_pc_cmnd(struct scsi_d
 	 * that does not transfer data, in which case they may optionally
 	 * submit a request without an attached bio.
 	 */
-	if (req->bio) {
+	if (req->bio && !(req->cmd_flags & REQ_FLUSH)) {
 		int ret;
 
 		BUG_ON(!req->nr_phys_segments);


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