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SubjectRe: [PATCH] queue barrier support
Jens Axboe wrote:

>On Wed, Feb 13 2002, Martin Dalecki wrote:
>>Jens Axboe wrote:
>>>Patches attached, comments welcome.
>>>diff -Nru a/include/linux/ide.h b/include/linux/ide.h
>>>--- a/include/linux/ide.h Wed Feb 13 13:48:25 2002
>>>+++ b/include/linux/ide.h Wed Feb 13 13:48:25 2002
>>>@@ -448,6 +448,7 @@
>>> byte acoustic; /* acoustic management */
>>> unsigned int failures; /* current failure count */
>>> unsigned int max_failures; /* maximum allowed failure count */
>>>+ char special_buf[4]; /* IDE_DRIVE_CMD, free use */
>>>} ide_drive_t;
>>ide-barrier-1-c1.296:+ memset(drive->special_buf, 0,
>>ide-barrier-1-c1.296:+ flush_rq->buffer = drive->special_buf;
>>ide-barrier-1-c1.296:+ char special_buf[4]; /*
>>IDE_DRIVE_CMD, free use */
>>I just don't see special_buf used anywhere. What is it supposed to be
>>used for?
>>Is the intention to make it look like the SCSI code?
>See ide.c:ide_queue_flush_cmd(), I'm only using 1 of the bytes but it
>has room for 4 like that is typically used when issuing an ata command
>directly. So yes, it is used, I'm not adding stuff for fun :-)

OK I see now. Is this to become analogous to the sr_cmnd field for
struct scsi_request?
It would make sense to first make them use the same software
architecture at least and then
to merge as much of this driver mid-layer stuff as possible....

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