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SubjectRe: [RFC] [PATCH] A clean aEvgeniy pproach to writeout throttling
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On Monday 10 December 2007 03:41, Jens Axboe wrote:
> On Mon, Dec 10 2007, Daniel Phillips wrote:
> > + if (q && q->metric && !bio->bi_queue) {
> >
> > This prevents any reference to bi_bdev after the intial call to
> > generic_make_request. Thanks to Evgeniy for pointing out the need
> > for this measure on the last go round.
>
> Which saves the initial target, for ease of accounting at end io time
> - that's not the point. What happens when ->make_request_fn() changes
> bio->bi_bdev and returns 1, causing another iteration of the
> __generic_make_request() loop? 'q' is no longer the valid target,
> bdev_get_queue(bio->bi_bdev) is.

What happens on the second iteration of a recursive submission loop is
exactly nothing, as is right and proper. The throttling has already
been done, and all the state necessary to perform the unthrottle was
recorded in the bio. Everything seems to be in order there, and the
algorithm does indeed perform its function as designed, though to be
sure we have not tested it on -mm branch, only on mainline.

Regards,

Daniel


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