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SubjectRe: [EXPERIMENT] Add new "flush" option
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Andrew Morton <akpm@osdl.org> writes:

>> + if (bdi_write_congested(bdi)) {
>> + mod_timer(&sb->flush_timer, jiffies + (HZ / 10));
>> + return;
>> + }
>
> The bdi_write_congested() test probably isn't doing anything useful: it
> only returns true if there's really heavy writeout in progress. Possibly
> you could look at the disk queue accounting stats, work out how much I/O
> has been happening lately.

Umm... If queue is too busy, we can't flush immediately. So, this code
is delaying flush, and we can wait the more user's request by it, I think.

> However I wonder if all this code would become simpler if we were to just
> tweak writeback_inodes() a bit: if the superblock was mounted with MS_FLUSH
> then temporarily set wbc->sync_mode to WB_SYNC_ALL.
>
> If we do that, the regular wb_kupdate() will sync all the IS_FLUSH
> filesystems for us at dirty_writeback_centisecs intervals. That's a bit
> less flexible, but probably less code.
>
> (Alternatively, add a new writeback_control.ms_flush_only boolean. Set
> that, then reuse some of the code in mm/page-writeback.c in some manner).

Yes, but probably we need to change handling of bd_inode (sb->s_bdev).
The buffer_heads seems to be synced via block_super. And DQUOT_SYNC(sb)
may be needed.

I think it will need big change (and cleanup) after all. (That's no
problem itself I think, but, I would need to make more time)

> You abandoned the flush-file-in-release() idea? That seemed faily neat.
> What was the thinking here?

I'm still doing it in the following. I thought the other filesystems
may select other flushing strategy on ->release(), so I didn't do it in VFS.

diff -puN fs/fat/file.c~fat_flush-support fs/fat/file.c
--- linux-2.6/fs/fat/file.c~fat_flush-support 2005-12-25 04:58:16.000000000 +0900
+++ linux-2.6-hirofumi/fs/fat/file.c 2005-12-25 04:58:16.000000000 +0900
@@ -119,6 +119,7 @@ struct file_operations fat_file_operatio
.writev = generic_file_writev,
.aio_read = generic_file_aio_read,
.aio_write = generic_file_aio_write,
+ .release = fs_flush_sync_fdata,
.mmap = generic_file_mmap,
.ioctl = fat_generic_ioctl,
.fsync = file_fsync,
--
OGAWA Hirofumi <hirofumi@mail.parknet.co.jp>
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