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    SubjectRe: [RFC PATCH 1/3] block: add rq->complete_io hook for request stacking
    Hi Kiyoshi,

    Kiyoshi Ueda wrote:
    > Hi Hannes,
    > On Mon, 03 Mar 2008 17:24:50 +0100, Hannes Reinecke wrote:
    >> Hi Kiyoshi,
    >> Kiyoshi Ueda wrote:
    >>> This patch adds ->complete_io() hook for request stacking.
    >>> Request stacking drivers (such as request-based dm) can set
    >>> a callback for completion.
    >>> (The hook is not called in blk_end_io(), since request-based dm uses
    >>> it for clone completion in the following appendix patches.)
    >> [ .. ]
    >> I would rather have rq->complete_io() to be pointing to blk_end_io in the
    >> default case, this way rq->complete_io() would always be valid and we
    >> would be saving us the if() clause.
    > Thank you for the comment.
    > I'm thinking about an idea come from Mike and Jens after the session
    > at LSF'08:
    > o stacking driver clones both bio and request and uses
    > bio->bi_end_io and rq->end_io
    > o stacking driver uses blk_complete_request() in rq->end_io
    > so that stacking driver can work without queue lock
    > With this idea, we don't need to add the new hook to request,
    > and we can use request stacking on drivers using __blk_end_request().
    Huh? I can't really imagine how this should work. If you start using
    bio->bi_end_io() for stacking usage you'll end up with doing weird thing
    with the bios ... Can you elaborate a bit more here?

    > Currently, I'm trying to convert request-based dm to use the idea above.
    > I'll post the new version as a RFC in the near future.
    Oh, cool. Looking forward to it.


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