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SubjectRe: [RFD] BIO_RW_BARRIER - what it means for devices, filesystems, and dm/md.
On Friday May 25, Stefan.Bader@de.ibm.com wrote:
> 2007/5/25, Neil Brown <neilb@suse.de>:
> > - Are there other bit that we could handle better?
> > BIO_RW_FAILFAST? BIO_RW_SYNC? What exactly do they mean?
> >
> BIO_RW_FAILFAST: means low-level driver shouldn't do much (or no)
> error recovery. Mainly used by mutlipath targets to avoid long SCSI
> recovery. This should just be propagated when passing requests on.

Is it "much" or "no"?
Would it be reasonable to use this for reads from a non-degraded
raid1? What about writes?

What I would really like is some clarification on what sort of errors
get retried, how often, and how much timeout there is..

And does the 'error' code returned in ->bi_end_io allow us to
differentiate media errors from other errors yet?

>
> BIO_RW_SYNC: means this is a bio of a synchronous request. I don't
> know whether there are more uses to it but this at least causes queues
> to be flushed immediately instead of waiting for more requests for a
> short time. Should also just be passed on. Otherwise performance gets
> poor since something above will rather wait for the current
> request/bio to complete instead of sending more.

Yes, this one is pretty straight forward.. I mentioned it more as a
reminder to my self that I really should support it in raid5 :-(

NeilBrown
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