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SubjectRe: [PATCH] Only use MSDOS-Partitions by default on X86
On Wed, May 07 2003, David Woodhouse wrote:
> On Wed, 2003-05-07 at 08:22, Jens Axboe wrote:
> > > That's a little short of what I was intending. Ideally we stick 'struct
> > > request', 'struct buffer_head' and 'struct bio' inside #ifdef
> > > CONFIG_BLK_DEV, then kill all the dead code which uses them.
> >
> > struct request can be a goner with my patch, the others not really.
> > request is really a block private property, so it's easy to kill off.
> > You are going for the really minimal approach, basically ruling out lots
> > of filesystems and requiring major surgery all around. While I can see
> > that make sense for an embedded kernel, I'm having a hard time
> > envisioning this as something mergable :-)
> Last time I looked, it wasn't that bad until I got mired in VM code.
> I haven't looked at that since we got CONFIG_SWAP, but I'm fairly sure
> the VM bits will be a lot nicer now too.

I'll let you deal with that, my head is spinning from just thinking
about it :)

> > > mtdblock.c cleanup noted with interest -- I'll play with that shortly;
> > > thanks. Note that you don't actually need flash hardware, you can load
> > > the 'mtdram' device which fakes it with vmalloc-backed storage instead.
> > > Not too useful for powerfail-testing but for mounting something like
> > > ext2 on mtdblock on mtdram it's fine.
> >
> > I'm attaching an updated version, I don't think it's safe to use atomic
> > kmaps across the do_cached_read/write.
> It's not -- the flash read/write/erase functions may sleep.

Thought so.

> > Also, I want bio_endio() to increment the sector position of the bio as
> > well. Makes for a nicer api, and the sector var in mtdblock would then
> > be killable.
> OK. Let me know when you're done and I'll fix up FTL and NFTL
> accordingly too.

The only change to the patch attached in the previous mail is just to
drop the sector_t sector and use bio->bi_sector throughout the function.
So nothing major.

Jens Axboe

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