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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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