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Date:   Thu, 20 Apr 2017 15:43:56 +0200
From:   Jan Kara <jack@...e.cz>
To:     Goldwyn Rodrigues <rgoldwyn@...e.de>
Cc:     Christoph Hellwig <hch@...radead.org>,
        linux-fsdevel@...r.kernel.org, jack@...e.com,
        linux-block@...r.kernel.org, linux-btrfs@...r.kernel.org,
        linux-ext4@...r.kernel.org, linux-xfs@...r.kernel.org,
        sagi@...mberg.me, avi@...lladb.com, axboe@...nel.dk,
        linux-api@...r.kernel.org, willy@...radead.org,
        tom.leiming@...il.com, Goldwyn Rodrigues <rgoldwyn@...e.com>
Subject: Re: [PATCH 5/8] nowait aio: return on congested block device

On Wed 19-04-17 10:21:39, Goldwyn Rodrigues wrote:
> 
> 
> On 04/19/2017 01:45 AM, Christoph Hellwig wrote:
> > 
> >> +	if (bio->bi_opf & REQ_NOWAIT) {
> >> +		if (!blk_queue_nowait(q)) {
> >> +			err = -EOPNOTSUPP;
> >> +			goto end_io;
> >> +		}
> >> +		if (!(bio->bi_opf & REQ_SYNC)) {
> > 
> > I don't understand this check at all..
> 
> It is to ensure at the block layer that NOWAIT comes only for DIRECT
> calls only. I should probably change it to REQ_SYNC | REQ_IDLE.

Ouch. Checking 'REQ_SYNC' for this is

a) unreliable hack
b) layering violation

You just don't care why someone marked bio with REQ_NOWAIT at this place.
Just obey the request if you can, return error if you cannot, but advisory
REQ_SYNC or REQ_IDLE flags have nothing to do with the ability of the block
layer to submit the bio without blocking...

								Honza
-- 
Jan Kara <jack@...e.com>
SUSE Labs, CR

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