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SubjectRe: another IDE cleanup: kill duplicated code
On Tue, Feb 12, 2002 at 01:45:10PM +0100, Martin Dalecki wrote:

>>> The first does control an array of values, which doesn't make sense in
>>> first place. I.e. changing it doesn't
>>> change ANY behaviour of the kernel.

>> Actually HFS uses it ...

> Please note that the use in HFS is inappriopriate. It's supposed to
> optimize the read throughput there, which is something that shouldn't
> be done at the fs setup layer at all. The usage of read_ahead there
> can be just removed and everything should be fine (modulo the fact
> that in current state the HFS filesystem code is just non-working
> obsolete code garbage anyway ;-).

Yes; I just commented on that it does change some behavior of the
kernel.

>>> The second of them is trying to control a file-system level constant
>>> inside the actual block device driver. This is a blatant violation of
>>> the layering principle in software design, and should go as soon as
>>> possible.

>> Yes. But still block device drivers allocate the array ...

> Well if we do:
>
> find ./ -name "*.c" -exec grep max_readahead /dev/null {} \;
>
> One can already easly see that apart from ide, md, and acorn drivers
> this has been already abstracted away one level up at the block device
> handling as well. My suspiction is that there is now already *double*
> initialization of the sub-slices of this array there. Anyway ide
> should be adapted here to the same way as it's done now for scsi.
>
> Will you look after this or should me? (I can't until afternoon,
> becouse I'm at my "true live" job now and have other things to do...)

Am I understanding you correctly that we can just remove the
max_readahead references in IDE (and possibly also md and acorn)?

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Vojtech Pavlik
SuSE Labs
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