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    SubjectRe: [PATCH 05/10] block: remove per-queue plugging
    On 2011-04-18 09:25, NeilBrown wrote:
    > On Mon, 18 Apr 2011 08:38:24 +0200 Jens Axboe <> wrote:
    >> On 2011-04-18 00:19, NeilBrown wrote:
    >>> On Mon, 11 Apr 2011 14:11:58 +0200 Jens Axboe <> wrote:
    >>>>> Yes. But I need to know when to release the requests that I have stored.
    >>>>> I need to know when ->write_pages or ->read_pages or whatever has finished
    >>>>> submitting a pile of pages so that I can start processing the request that I
    >>>>> have put aside. So I need a callback from blk_finish_plug.
    >>>> OK fair enough, I'll add your callback patch.
    >>> But you didn't did you? You added a completely different patch which is
    >>> completely pointless.
    >>> If you don't like my patch I would really prefer you said so rather than
    >>> silently replace it with something completely different (and broken).
    >> First of all, you were CC'ed on all that discussion, yet didn't speak up
    >> until now. This was last week. Secondly, please change your tone.
    > Yes, I was CC'ed on a discussion. In that discussion it was never mentioned
    > that you had completely changed the patch I sent you, and it never contained
    > the new patch in-line for review. Nothing that was discussed was
    > particularly relevant to md's needs so there was nothing to speak up about.
    > Yes- there were 'git pull' requests and I could have done a pull myself to
    > review the code but there seemed to be no urgency because you had already
    > agreed to apply my patch.
    > When I did finally pull the patches (after all the other issues had settle
    > down and I had time to finish of the RAID side) I found ... what I found.
    > I apologise for my tone, but I was very frustrated.
    >>> I'll try to explain again.
    >>> md does not use __make_request. At all.
    >>> md does not use 'struct request'. At all.
    >>> The 'list' in 'struct blk_plug' is a list of 'struct request'.
    >> I'm well aware of how these facts, but thanks for bringing it up.
    >>> Therefore md cannot put anything useful on the list in 'struct blk_plug'.
    >>> So when blk_flush_plug_list calls queue_unplugged() on a queue that belonged
    >>> to a request found on the blk_plug list, that queue cannot possibly ever be
    >>> for an 'md' device (because no 'struct request' ever belongs to an md device,
    >>> because md doesn't not use 'struct request').
    >>> So your patch (commit f75664570d8b) doesn't help MD at all.
    >>> For md, I need to attach something to blk_plug which somehow identifies an md
    >>> device, so that blk_finish_plug can get to that device and let it unplug.
    >>> The most sensible thing to have is a completely generic callback. That way
    >>> different block devices (which choose not to use __make_request) can attach
    >>> different sorts of things to blk_plug.
    >>> So can we please have my original patch applied? (Revised version using
    >>> list_splice_init included below).
    >>> Or if not, a clear explanation of why not?
    >> So correct me if I'm wrong here, but the _only_ real difference between
    >> this patch and the current code in the tree, is the checking of the
    >> callback list indicating a need to flush the callbacks. And that's
    >> definitely an oversight. It should be functionally equivelant if md
    >> would just flag this need to get a callback, eg instead of queueing a
    >> callback on the list, just set plug->need_unplug from md instead of
    >> queuing a callback and have blk_needs_flush_plug() do:
    >> return plug && (!list_empty(&plug->list) || plug->need_unplug);
    >> instead. Something like the below, completely untested.
    > No, that is not the only real difference.
    > The real difference is that in the current code, md has no way to register
    > anything with a blk_plug because you can only register a 'struct request' on a
    > blk_plug, and md doesn't make any use of 'struct request'.
    > As I said in the Email you quote above:
    >>> Therefore md cannot put anything useful on the list in 'struct blk_plug'.
    > That is the heart of the problem.

    Hmm, I don't really see a way to avoid the list in that case. You really
    do need some way to queue items, a single callback or flag or pointer
    will not suffice.

    I've added the patch and removed the (now) useless ->unplugged_fn
    callback. I suggest you base your md changes on top of my for-linus
    branch and tell me when you are confident it looks good, then I'll pull
    in your MD changes and submit them later today.

    OK with you?

    Jens Axboe

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