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Date:   Sun, 17 Dec 2017 21:28:03 -0600
From:   Goldwyn Rodrigues <>
To:     Avi Kivity <>,
        linux-kernel <>,
Subject: Re: Detecting RWF_NOWAIT support

On 12/16/2017 08:49 AM, Avi Kivity wrote:
> On 12/14/2017 09:15 PM, Goldwyn Rodrigues wrote:
>> On 12/14/2017 11:38 AM, Avi Kivity wrote:
>>> I'm looking to add support for RWF_NOWAIT within a linux-aio iocb.
>>> Naturally, I need to detect at runtime whether the kernel support
>>> RWF_NOWAIT or not.
>>> The only method I could find was to issue an I/O with RWF_NOWAIT set,
>>> and look for errors. This is somewhat less than perfect:
>>>   - from the error, I can't tell whether RWF_NOWAIT was the problem, or
>>> something else. If I enable a number of new features, I have to run
>>> through all combinations to figure out which ones are supported and
>>> which are not.
>> Here is the return codes for RWF_NOWAIT
>> EINVAL - not supported (older kernel)
>> EOPNOTSUPP - not supported
>> EAGAIN - supported but could not complete because I/O will be delayed
> Which of these are returned from io_submit() and which are returned in
> the iocb?

These are returned in iocb.

>> 0 - supported and I/O completed (success).
>>>   - RWF_NOWAIT support is per-filesystem, so I can't just remember
>>> not to
>>> enable RWF_NOWAIT globally, I have to track it per file.
>> Yes, the support is per filesystem. So, the application must know if the
>> filesystem supports it, possibly by performing a small I/O.
> So the application must know about filesystem mount points, and be
> prepared to create a file and try to write it (in case the filesystem is
> empty) or alter its behavior during runtime depending on the errors it
> sees.

Well yes. Hopefully, the application knows what it is doing when it
performs RWF_NOWAIT.


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