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Subject[PATCH 0/4] map multiple blocks in get_block() and mpage_readpages()

Following patches add support to map multiple blocks in ->get_block().
This is will allow us to handle mapping of multiple disk blocks for
mpage_readpages() and mpage_writepages() etc. Instead of adding new
argument, I use "b_size" to indicate the amount of disk mapping needed
for get_block(). And also, on success get_block() actually indicates
the amount of disk mapping it did.

Now that get_block() can handle multiple blocks, there is no need
for ->get_blocks() which was added for DIO.

[PATCH 1/4] change buffer_head.b_size to size_t

[PATCH 2/4] pass b_size to ->get_block()

[PATCH 3/4] map multiple blocks for mpage_readpages()

[PATCH 4/4] remove ->get_blocks() support

I noticed decent improvements (reduced sys time) on JFS, XFS and ext3.
(on simple "dd" read tests).

(rc3.mm1) (rc3.mm1 + patches)
real 0m18.814s 0m18.482s
user 0m0.000s 0m0.004s
sys 0m3.240s 0m2.912s

Andrew, Could you include it in -mm tree ?

Comments ?


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