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Date:   Fri, 23 Nov 2018 13:15:03 +0100
From:   Jan Kara <>
To:     "Theodore Y. Ts'o" <>
Cc:     Jan Kara <>,
        Ext4 Developers List <>
Subject: Re: [PATCH] ext4: add ext4_sb_bread() to disambiguate ENOMEM cases

On Thu 22-11-18 16:12:33, Theodore Y. Ts'o wrote:
> On Thu, Nov 22, 2018 at 01:21:55PM +0100, Jan Kara wrote:
> > 
> > Is there a reason for REQ_PRIO? I'm not sure all REQ_META reads are really
> > a priority ones...
> Hmm, good question.  With the exception of readahead, most reads will
> be blocking some process.  We are currently using REQ_PRIO for all
> directory block reads.  The ext4_sb_read() function gets used for
> resizing, indirect block map to extent tree migration, and extended
> attribute reads.  The last is the most common, and arguably the most
> justifiable to be REQ_PRIO.  (Of course my understanding is that the
> block layer is ignoring REQ_PRIO, so this is mostly academic...)

Agreed that this is currently academic but AFAIR some blk-mq schedulers
might be improved to consider REQ_PRIO again.

> So I think what I'll do is this.  I'll add a parameter to
> ext4_sb_read() so each caller can use use REQ_PRIO.  REQ_PRIO will be
> used from xattr.c, but not from fs/ext4/migrate.c and
> fs/ext4/resize.c.

Sounds good. Thanks!

Jan Kara <>

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