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SubjectRe: Dirtiable inode bdi default != sb bdi btrfs
On Wed 29-09-10 10:19:36, Christoph Hellwig wrote:
> ---
> From: Christoph Hellwig <hch@lst.de>
> Subject: [PATCH] writeback: always use sb->s_bdi for writeback purposes
>
...
> The one exception for now is the block device filesystem which really
> wants different writeback contexts for it's different (internal) inodes
> to handle the writeout more efficiently. For now we do this with
> a hack in fs-writeback.c because we're so late in the cycle, but in
> the future I plan to replace this with a superblock method that allows
> for multiple writeback contexts per filesystem.
Another exception I know about is mtd_inodefs filesystem
(drivers/mtd/mtdchar.c).

> Signed-off-by: Christoph Hellwig <hch@lst.de>
>
> Index: linux-2.6/fs/fs-writeback.c
> ===================================================================
> --- linux-2.6.orig/fs/fs-writeback.c 2010-09-29 16:58:41.750557721 +0900
> +++ linux-2.6/fs/fs-writeback.c 2010-09-29 17:11:35.040557719 +0900
> @@ -72,22 +72,10 @@ int writeback_in_progress(struct backing
> static inline struct backing_dev_info *inode_to_bdi(struct inode *inode)
> {
> struct super_block *sb = inode->i_sb;
> - struct backing_dev_info *bdi = inode->i_mapping->backing_dev_info;
>
> - /*
> - * For inodes on standard filesystems, we use superblock's bdi. For
> - * inodes on virtual filesystems, we want to use inode mapping's bdi
> - * because they can possibly point to something useful (think about
> - * block_dev filesystem).
> - */
> - if (sb->s_bdi && sb->s_bdi != &noop_backing_dev_info) {
> - /* Some device inodes could play dirty tricks. Catch them... */
> - WARN(bdi != sb->s_bdi && bdi_cap_writeback_dirty(bdi),
> - "Dirtiable inode bdi %s != sb bdi %s\n",
> - bdi->name, sb->s_bdi->name);
> - return sb->s_bdi;
> - }
> - return bdi;
> + if (strcmp(sb->s_type->name, "bdev") == 0)
> + return inode->i_mapping->backing_dev_info;
> + return sb->s_bdi;
So at least here you'd need also add a similar exception for
"mtd_inodefs". Because of these exeptions I've chosen the
(sb->s_bdi && sb->s_bdi != &noop_backing_dev_info) check rather than your
exception based check. All in all I don't care much what ends up in the
kernel as it's just a temporary solution...
Also I've added the warning to catch situations where inodes would get
filed to a different backing device after the patch. So far the reported
warnings were harmless but still I'm more comfortable when it's there
because otherwise we can so easily miss some device-driver-invented
filesystem like mtd_inodefs which would break silently after the change...

Honza
--
Jan Kara <jack@suse.cz>
SUSE Labs, CR


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