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Date:	Tue, 6 Oct 2015 09:28:20 -0400 (EDT)
From:	Mikulas Patocka <>
To:	Mike Snitzer <>
cc:	Jens Axboe <>, Kent Overstreet <>,
	"Alasdair G. Kergon" <>,,
Subject: Re: block: flush queued bios when the process blocks

On Mon, 5 Oct 2015, Mike Snitzer wrote:

> Mikulas,
> Could it be that cond_resched() wasn't unplugging?  As was
> recently raised in this thread:
> Chris Mason's patch from that thread fixed this	issue... I _think_ Linus
> has since committed Chris' work but I haven't kept my finger on the
> pulse of that issue.

I think it doesn't matter (regarding correctness) if cond_reched unplugs 
on not. If it didn't unplug, the process will be scheduled later, and it 
will eventually reach the point where it unplugs.

> FYI, I've put rebased versions of your 2 patches in my wip branch, see:
> I tweaked the 2nd patch that adds bio_list to plug so that
> generic_make_request's checks for in_generic_make_request isn't racey
> (your original patch could happen to have current-plug set but
> in_generic_make_request not yet set).

I don't recommend that second patch 
The patch just complicates things without adding any value. It's also not 
correct because it plugs bios at places when bios aren't supposed to be 

> Anyway, I'm just dusting off your earlier work and seeing if I can make
> sense of a way forward that meets Jens' approval.  Jens, if adding a
> bio_list to struct blk_plug isn't what you were after either please be
> more specific on what you would like to see...
> Thanks,
> Mike

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