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SubjectRe: Calculating kernel logical address ..
Daniel Phillips wrote:
> On Monday 09 September 2002 20:13, Jesse Barnes wrote:
> > On Mon, Sep 09, 2002 at 02:00:35PM -0400, Richard B. Johnson wrote:
> > > Well I just read Documentation/DMA-mapping.txt as advised by David
> > > and it seems as though it will no longer be possible to do what
> > > many programmers have been wanting to do, to wit:
> > >
> > > (1) In user-code, allocate a buffer.
> > > (2) Lock that buffer into memory.
> > > (3) Call some driver that DMAs data to/from that buffer.
> >
> > It looks drivers/media/video/video-buf.c uses alloc_kiovec() and
> > map_user_kiobuf() to do it. And I think Ben LaHaise was talking about
> > removing these functions and creating some other, lightweight
> > interface for the same purpose?
> Hopefully. My understanding is that kio is obsoleted by bio and aio,
> anyone want to confirm/deny this?

Mumble, mutter, dunno.

There are two sides to kiobufs: they can be used as a front-end to get_user_pages (video-buf.c, Imran's application and at least one
proprietary mpeg streaming driver of which I am aware). And they
can be used as a container for direct IO to a block device (mtdblk.c
and LVM1).

Nobody seems to have come forth to implement a thought-out scatter/gather,
map-user-pages library infrastructure so I'd be a bit reluctant to
break stuff without offering a replacement.

We need a general-purpose "read or write these pages to this blockdev"
library function. For mtdblk, LVM1/LVM2 and probably swapper_space.
With that we can remove the block IO stuff from kiovecs. And convert
the other drivers to use get_user_pages() directly into an ad-hoc private
page array. Those things would allow kiovecs/kiobufs to be retired.

I guess we need to get more motivated about this, before some large
piece of infrastructure (EVMS/LVM2) lands in the tree using ll_rw_kiovec.


generic_direct_IO(int rw, struct inode *inode, const struct iovec *iov,
loff_t offset, unsigned long nr_segs, get_blocks_t get_blocks)

is getting close to what we need. But it is synchronous, and too
heavyweight for swap I/O.
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