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Re: [dm-devel] staging: Add dm-writeboost

On Tue, Sep 17 2013 at  8:41am -0400,
Akira Hayakawa <ruby wktk gmail com> wrote:

> Mike,
> First, thank you for your commenting.
> I was looking forward to your comments.
> I suppose you are sensing some "smell" in my design.
> You are worrying that dm-writeboost will not only confuse users
> but also fall into worst situation of giving up backward-compatibility
> after merging into tree.
> That dm-writeboost's design is too eccentric as a DM target makes you so.
> That you said
> >   determines whether a device needs formatting, etc.  Otherwise I cannot
> >   see how you can properly stack DM devices on writeboost devices
> >   (suspend+resume become tediously different)
> is a proof of smell.
> Alasdair also said
> > I read a statement like that as an indication of an interface or
> > architectural problem.  The device-mapper approach is to 'design out'
> > problems, rather than relying on users not doing bad things.
> > Study the existing interfaces used by other targets to understand
> > some approaches that proved successful, then decide which ones
> > come closest to your needs.
> and
> Mikulas said
> > Another idea:
> > 
> > Make the interface of dm-lc (the arguments to constructor, messages and 
> > the status line) the same as dm-cache, so that they can be driven by the 
> > same userspace code.
> Though I guess this is going too far
> since dm-writeboost and dm-cache are the different things
> designing them similar definitely makes sense.
> are also sensing of smell.
> I am afraid so I am and
> I am thinking of re-designing dm-writeboost
> at the fundamental architectural level.
> The interfaces will be similar to that of dm-cache as a result.
> This will be a really a BIG change.
> > Probably best for you to publish the dm-writeboost code a git repo on
> > github.com or the like.  I just don't see what benefit there is to
> > putting code like this in staging.  Users already need considerable
> > userspace tools and infrastructure will also be changing in the
> > near-term (e.g. the migration daemon).
> Yes, I agree with that regarding the current implementation.
> I withdraw from the proposal for staging.
> I am really sorry for Greg and others caring about dm-writeboost.
> But I will be back after re-designing.

OK, appreciate your willingness to rework this.  

> staging means lot to get 3rd party users is for sure.

We don't need to go through staging.  If the dm-writeboost target is
designed well and provides a tangible benefit it doesn't need
wide-spread users as justification for going in.  The users will come if
it is implemented well.

> Simplify the design and
> make it more possible to maintain the target
> for the future is what I fully agree with.
> Being adhere to cache-sharing by
> risking the future maintainability doesn't pay.
> Re-designing the dm-writeboost resemble to dm-cache
> is a leading candidate of course.

Simplifying the code is certainly desirable.  So dropping the sharing
sounds like a step in the right direction.  Plus you can share the cache
by layering multiple linear devices ontop of the dm-writeboost device.

Also managing dm-writeboost devices with lvm2 is a priority, so any
interface similarities dm-writeboost has with dm-cache will be


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