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Re: [dm-devel] [patch, v3] block: fix flush machinery for stacking drivers with differring flush flags

On Mon, Aug 15, 2011 at 11:47:53AM -0400, Jeff Moyer wrote:
> Now, however, we don't get into the flush machinery at all.  Instead,
> __elv_next_request just hands a request with flush and fua bits set to
> the scsi_request_fn, even if the underlying request_queue does not
> support flush or fua.
> The agreed upon approach is to fix the flush machinery to allow
> stacking.  While this isn't used in practice (since there is only one
> request-based dm target, and that target will now reflect the flush
> flags of the underlying device), it does future-proof the solution, and
> make it function as designed.
> In order to make this work, I had to add a field to the struct request,
> inside the flush structure (to store the original req->end_io).  Shaohua
> had suggested overloading the union with rb_node and completion_data,
> but the completion data is used by device mapper and can also be used by
> other drivers.  So, I didn't see a way around the additional field.
> I tested this patch on an HP EVA with both ext4 and xfs, and it recovers
> the lost performance.  Comments and other testers, as always, are
> appreciated.
> Cheers,
> Jeff
> Signed-off-by: Jeff Moyer <jmoyer redhat com>

Acked-by: Tejun Heo <tj kernel org>

Thanks a lot for the persistence. :)


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