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SubjectRe: [PATCH] blktrace: add FLUSH/FUA support
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2011-07-28 (목), 16:21 -0400, Jeff Moyer:
> Hi,
>
> Sorry, I don't have the original posting of this message, so I've just
> cut-n-paste from the archives on lkml.org:
> https://lkml.org/lkml/2011/6/1/235
>

Hello, Jeff.

Thanks for finding and replying to this :)


> The proposal was this:
>
> > Add FLUSH/FUA support to blktrace. As FLUSH precedes WRITE and/or
> > FUA follows WRITE, use the same 'F' flag for both cases and
> > distinguish them by their (relative) position. The end results
> > look like (other flags might be shown also):
> >
> > - WRITE: W
> > - WRITE_FLUSH: FW
> > - WRITE_FUA: WF
> > - WRITE_FLUSH_FUA: FWF
>
> I'm not sure I'll ever be able to keep that straight. How about we use
> 'F' for FUA, since FUA is capitalized anyway, and use 'f' for flush?
> Too subtle?
>

Either way is fine to me. Jens?


> Next...
>
> > @@ -14,7 +14,7 @@
> > enum blktrace_cat {
> > BLK_TC_READ = 1 << 0, /* reads */
> > BLK_TC_WRITE = 1 << 1, /* writes */
> > - BLK_TC_BARRIER = 1 << 2, /* barrier */
> > + BLK_TC_FUA = 1 << 2, /* fua requests */
>
> I would prefer to replace BARRIER with FLUSH, as I think they are closer
> relatives. Doing it the way you've suggested would mean that older
> blktrace user-space would report FUA as a Barrier.
>

I thought about that too. But as I said in the changelog, it led to a
negative number at the rhs of MASC_TC_BIT calculation, so the end result
was not good.

In the meantime, I found that Matthew Wilcox posted a patch which
relocates some REQ_ flags to appropriate positions.

https://lkml.org/lkml/2011/6/2/324

With the patch, it seems ok to replace BARRIER with FLUSH. However it
looks like the patch isn't included into the tree yet.

BTW, I'm thinking about user-space again. I'm not sure it's ok if older
blktrace tool reports FLUSH/FUA as BARRIER. Actually I posted a patch
that treats FLUSH as BARRIER [1], and Jens and others commented we
should not do that.

To end that, I could leave BLK_TC_BARRIER as is, and add
BLK_TC_{FLUSH,FUA} at the end of blktrace_cat. But as we exhause space
in the 16-bit act_mask, it would require a substantial change.
Any thoughts?


> Comments? No matter what's agreed upon, we should get this in sooner
> rather than later, as it's a big missing piece in trying to diagnose
> performance issues!
>
> Cheers,
> Jeff

Thanks.

[1] https://lkml.org/lkml/2011/5/27/206


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Regards,
Namhyung Kim


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