[lkml]   [2010]   [Feb]   [22]   [last100]   RSS Feed
Views: [wrap][no wrap]   [headers]  [forward] 
Messages in this thread
    Patch in this message
    Subject[RFC PATCH] block: warn if blk_stack_limits() undermines atomicity
    Linux Device Mapper (DM) and Software Raid (MD) device drivers can be
    used to arbitrarily combine devices with different "I/O Limits". The
    kernel's block layer goes to great lengths to reasonably combine the
    "I/O Limits" of the individual devices. The kernel will not prevent
    combining heterogenuous devices but the user should be aware of the risk
    associated with doing so.

    For instance, a 512 byte device and a 4K device may be combined into a
    single logical DM device; the resulting DM device would have a
    logical_block_size of 4K. Filesystems layered on such a hybrid device
    assume that 4K will be written atomically but in reality that 4K will be
    split into 8 512 byte IOs when issued to the 512 byte device. Using a
    4K logical_block_size for the higher-level DM device increases potential
    for a partial write to the 512b device if there is a system crash.

    If combining multiple devices' "I/O Limits" results in a conflict the
    block layer will report a warning that the device is more susceptible to
    partial writes and misaligned. [NOTE: setting "misaligned" for this
    warning is somewhat awkward but blk_stack_limits() return of -1 can be
    viewed as there was an "alignment inconsistency". Would it be better to
    return -1 but avoid setting t->misaligned?]

    Signed-off-by: Mike Snitzer <>

    diff --git a/block/blk-settings.c b/block/blk-settings.c
    index 5eeb9e0..33bebe7 100644
    --- a/block/blk-settings.c
    +++ b/block/blk-settings.c
    @@ -566,8 +566,16 @@ int blk_stack_limits(struct queue_limits *t, struct queue_limits *b,

    + top = t->logical_block_size;
    t->logical_block_size = max(t->logical_block_size,
    + if (top && top < t->logical_block_size) {
    + printk(KERN_NOTICE "Warning: changing logical_block_size of top device "
    + "(from %u to %u) increases potential for partial writes\n",
    + top, t->logical_block_size);
    + t->misaligned = 1;
    + ret = -1;
    + }

    t->physical_block_size = max(t->physical_block_size,

     \ /
      Last update: 2010-02-22 21:51    [W:0.021 / U:33.356 seconds]
    ©2003-2017 Jasper Spaans. hosted at Digital OceanAdvertise on this site