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Subject[PATCH 1/2] aio: add vectored I/O support
This is a patch against 2.6.9-rc3-mm3 that add supports for vectored 
async I/O. It adds two additional commands, IO_CMD_PREADV and
IO_CMD_PWRITEV to libaio.h. The below is roughly what I did:

* add "aio_readv" and "aio_writev" to struct file_operations.
* aio_abi.h: add IOCB_CMD_PREADV and PWRITEV. \
Also make struct iocb compatible with the latest glibc libaio.h.
* aio.c: change kiocb to support vectored operations.
IOCB_CMD_PREAD and PWRITE are now simply
implemented as degenerate variations of PREADV and PWRITEV.
* block_dev.c, file.c, {ext2,ext3,jfs,reiserfs}/file.c:
Add implementations of aio_readv and wriitev methods, route
aio_read and aio_write to the ...v methods.
They are reasonably straightforward since the low-level code
already supports vectored I/O.

This feature has been tested on ext3 and a raw block device, but it
should also work with ext2, nfs, jfs and reiser.
The patch is divided into two parts, one that just fixes bugs in the
existing code, and the other that adds the vectored I/O feature. A bit
more detailed explanation, along with a sample program, is found in
Comments are appreciated.


This patch fixes two bugs: (1) aio_free_ring: don't attempt to free page
on cleanup after io_setup fails while in do_mmap,
(2) __generic_file_aio_read: properly abort and retry when more than one
iovec is passed and data is not yet ready.

Signed-off-by: Yasushi Saito <>

--- .pc/aio-bugfixes.patch/fs/aio.c 2004-10-14 12:58:39 -07:00
+++ fs/aio.c 2004-10-14 12:58:39 -07:00
@@ -86,7 +86,8 @@ static void aio_free_ring(struct kioctx
long i;

for (i=0; i<info->nr_pages; i++)
- put_page(info->ring_pages[i]);
+ if (info->ring_pages[i])
+ put_page(info->ring_pages[i]);

if (info->mmap_size) {
--- .pc/aio-bugfixes.patch/mm/filemap.c 2004-10-14 12:58:39 -07:00
+++ mm/filemap.c 2004-10-14 12:58:39 -07:00
@@ -976,9 +976,11 @@ __generic_file_aio_read(struct kiocb *io
desc.error = 0;
retval += desc.written;
- if (!retval) {
- retval = desc.error;
- break;
+ if (desc.written < iov[seg].iov_len) {
+ if (retval == 0)
+ retval = desc.error;
+ break;

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