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Re: [dm-devel] [PATCH v7 9/9] block: Avoid deadlocks with bio allocation by stacking drivers


On Tue, Sep 04, 2012 at 09:54:23AM -0400, Vivek Goyal wrote:
> > Given that we are working around stack depth issues in the
> > filesystems already in several places, and now it seems like there's
> > a reason to work around it in the block layers as well, shouldn't we
> > simply increase the default stack size rather than introduce
> > complexity and performance regressions to try and work around not
> > having enough stack?
> Dave,
> In this particular instance, we really don't have any bug reports of
> stack overflowing. Just discussing what will happen if we make 
> generic_make_request() recursive again.

I think there was one and that's why we added the bio_list thing.

> > I mean, we can deal with it like the ia32 4k stack issue was dealt
> > with (i.e. ignore those stupid XFS people, that's an XFS bug), or
> > we can face the reality that storage stacks have become so complex
> > that 8k is no longer a big enough stack for a modern system....
> So first question will be, what's the right stack size? If we make
> generic_make_request() recursive, then at some storage stack depth we will
> overflow stack anyway (if we have created too deep a stack). Hence
> keeping current logic kind of makes sense as in theory we can support
> arbitrary depth of storage stack.

But, yeah, this can't be solved by enlarging the stack size.  The
upper limit is unbound.



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