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SubjectRe: [prepatch] address_space-based writeback
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On Wed, Apr 10, 2002 at 12:16:26PM -0700, Andrew Morton wrote:
> I believe that the object relationship you're describing is
> that the inode->i_mapping points to the main address_space,
> and the `host' field of both the main and private address_spaces
> both point at the same inode? That the inode owns two
> address_spaces?

Actually with Coda we've got 2 inodes that have an identical i_mapping.
The Coda inode's i_mapping is set to point to the hosting inode's
i_data. Hmm, I should probably set it to the i_mapping of the host
inode that way I can run Coda over a Coda(-like) filesystem.

> That's OK. When a page is dirtied, the kernel will attach
> that page to the private address_space's dirty pages list and
> will attach the common inode to its superblock's dirty inodes list.

But Coda has 2 inodes, which one are you connecting to whose superblock.
My guess is that it would be correct to add inode->i_mapping->host to
inode->i_mapping->host->i_sb, which will be the underlying inode in
Coda's case, but host isn't guaranteed to be an inode, it just happens
to be an inode in all existing situations.

> > What's more, I wonder how well does your scheme work with ->i_mapping
> > to a different inode's ->i_data (CODA et.al., file access to block devices).
>
> Presumably, those different inodes have a superblock? In that
> case set_page_dirty will mark that inode dirty wrt its own
> superblock. set_page_dirty() is currently an optional a_op,
> but it's not obvious that there will be a need for that.

Coda's inodes don't have to get dirtied because we never write them out,
although the associated dirty pages do need to hit the disk eventually :)

Jan

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