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SubjectRe: [GFS2] Don't flush everything on fdatasync [70/70]
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Hi,

On Fri, 2006-12-01 at 11:09 -0800, Andrew Morton wrote:
> On Fri, 01 Dec 2006 10:58:58 +0000
> Steven Whitehouse <swhiteho@redhat.com> wrote:
>
> > On Thu, 2006-11-30 at 23:01 -0800, Andrew Morton wrote:
> > > On Thu, 30 Nov 2006 12:24:08 +0000
> > > Steven Whitehouse <swhiteho@redhat.com> wrote:
> > >
> > > > static int gfs2_fsync(struct file *file, struct dentry *dentry, int datasync)
> > > > {
> > > > - struct gfs2_inode *ip = GFS2_I(dentry->d_inode);
> > > > + struct inode *inode = dentry->d_inode;
> > > > + int sync_state = inode->i_state & (I_DIRTY_SYNC|I_DIRTY_DATASYNC);
> > > > + int ret = 0;
> > > > + struct writeback_control wbc = {
> > > > + .sync_mode = WB_SYNC_ALL,
> > > > + .nr_to_write = 0,
> > > > + };
> > > > +
> > > > + if (gfs2_is_jdata(GFS2_I(inode))) {
> > > > + gfs2_log_flush(GFS2_SB(inode), GFS2_I(inode)->i_gl);
> > > > + return 0;
> > > > + }
> > > >
> > > > - gfs2_log_flush(ip->i_gl->gl_sbd, ip->i_gl);
> > > > + if (sync_state != 0) {
> > > > + if (!datasync)
> > > > + ret = sync_inode(inode, &wbc);
> > >
> > > filemap_fdatawrite() would be simpler.
> >
> > I was taking my cue here from ext3 which does something similar. The
> > filemap_fdatawrite() is done by the VFS before this is called with a
> > filemap_fdatawait() afterwards. This was intended to flush the metadata
> > via (eventually) ->write_inode() although I guess I should be calling
> > write_inode_now() instead?
>
> oh I see, you're jsut trying to write the inode itself, not the pages.
>
> write_inode_now() will write the pages, which you seem to not want to do.
> Whatever. The APIs here are a bit awkward.

Well its not so much that we want to avoid it, but since the VFS has
already done that, it should be pretty much a no-op aside from the
waiting which will happen within the call (so that presumably the VFS's
wait after the call will be more or less a no-op).

I notice that fs/sync.c:file_fsync() uses write_inode_now(), so maybe it
is a better choice as it at least means that I don't have to fill in a
struct write_back control for a mapping that I don't really want to
write again,

Steve.


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