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Date:	Sun, 22 Dec 2013 12:45:55 -0800
From:	"Nicholas A. Bellinger" <>
To:	Christoph Hellwig <>
Cc:	"Martin K. Petersen" <>,
	Jens Axboe <>,,
Subject: Re: status of block-integrity

On Sun, 2013-12-22 at 11:21 -0800, Christoph Hellwig wrote:
> We have the block integrity code to support DIF/DIX in the the tree for
> about 5 and a half years, and we still don't have a single consumer of
> it.  By normal kernel rules it should never have been merged, or at
> least the bitrot long removed.

Is not sd_dif.c a consumer of blk_integrity.c logic..?

> Given that we'll have a lot of work to do in this area with block
> multiqueue I think it's time to either kill it off for good or make sure
> we can actually use and test it.

Speak of the devil..

I've been working on enabling DIF support in scsi-mq recently, and
AFAICT the only part that is required in blk-mq for DIF emulation to
function with scsi-debug is the following patch.

commit 1428a390cc16025f93905852777d4afd8aeba05d
Author: Nicholas Bellinger <>
Date:   Sun Dec 22 11:58:49 2013 +0000

    blk-mq: Add bio_integrity setup to blk_mq_make_request
    This patch adds the missing bio_integrity_enabled() +
    bio_integrity_prep() setup into blk_mq_make_request()
    in order to use DIF protection with scsi-mq.
    Cc: Jens Axboe <>
    Cc: Martin K. Petersen <>
    Signed-off-by: Nicholas Bellinger <>

diff --git a/block/blk-mq.c b/block/blk-mq.c
index c79126e..a520c39 100644
--- a/block/blk-mq.c
+++ b/block/blk-mq.c
@@ -916,6 +916,11 @@ static void blk_mq_make_request(struct request_queue *q, struct bio *bio)
        blk_queue_bounce(q, &bio);
+       if (bio_integrity_enabled(bio) && bio_integrity_prep(bio)) {
+               bio_endio(bio, -EIO);
+               return;
+       }
        if (use_plug && blk_attempt_plug_merge(q, bio, &request_count))

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