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On Tuesday 24 March 2009 13:27:51 Andi Kleen wrote:

[...]
> > + u32 tr_number;
> > + /* u32 tr_generation; TODO */
>
> It would be difficult to "TODO" this because adding that field here would
> break the complete disk format, wouldn't it?
>

Yes, you are right. That is an ancient comment, I just removed it.

[...]
> > + ok = bio_flagged(bio, BIO_UPTODATE) && md_io.error == 0;
> > +
> > + /* check for unsupported barrier op.
> > + * would rather check on EOPNOTSUPP, but that is not reliable.
> > + * don't try again for ANY return value != 0 */
> > + if (unlikely(bio_barrier(bio) && !ok)) {
>
> That's a good example for some code that shouldn't be in upstream. If
> EOPNOTSUPP for barriers is really not reliable somewhere please just
> fix that somewhere (if it's still true and not some ancient bug), not
> add workarounds like this.
>

Ok. I will fix this, either way.

> > +int drbd_md_sync_page_io(struct drbd_conf *mdev, struct drbd_backing_dev
> > *bdev, + sector_t sector, int rw)
> > +{
> > + int hardsect, mask, ok;
> > + int offset = 0;
> > + struct page *iop = mdev->md_io_page;
> > +
> > + D_ASSERT(mutex_is_locked(&mdev->md_io_mutex));
> > +
> > + if (!bdev->md_bdev) {
> > + if (DRBD_ratelimit(5*HZ, 5)) {
>
> The kernel has standard functions for this, no need for own macros.
>
> > + ERR("bdev->md_bdev==NULL\n");
> > + dump_stack();
> > + }
>
> And a rate limited dump_stack seems weird anyways.
>

Ok, I changed that particular place to a BUG_ON(!bdev->md_bdev) .
I will etiher remove all the other DRBD_ratelimit()s we have,
or change the one of the kernel ratelemit variants.

[...]
> > + /* in case hardsect != 512 [ s390 only? ] */
> > + if (hardsect != MD_HARDSECT) {
> > + if (!mdev->md_io_tmpp) {
> > + struct page *page = alloc_page(GFP_NOIO);
>
> At least the conventional wisdom is still that block devices should
> use mempools, not alloc_page even with NOIO, otherwise they might
> not write out in all lowmem situations. There's been some VM work
> to address this, but so far nobody was sure that it is sufficient.
>
> > + if (!page)
> > + return 0;
>
> So you get a IO error or what happens here on out of memory?
>

Moved the allocation out of drbd_md_sync_page_io() into the attach
(DRBD speak for associating a backing device with a DRBD device)
code path. In case we need that ip_mpp page and we do not get it
we fail the complete attach now.

[...]
> > + if (rw == WRITE) {
> > + void *p = page_address(mdev->md_io_page);
> > + void *hp = page_address(mdev->md_io_tmpp);
>
> What happens when the page is in highmem?
>

We are sure that they are not in highmem.

md_io_tmpp was allocated with GFP_NOIO (which in turn does not contain
GFP_HIGHMEM) therefore it can not be in highmem.

md_io_page gets allocated with GFP_KERNEL (no GFP_HIGHMEM either).


[...]
> > +
> > + spin_lock_irq(&mdev->al_lock);
> > + lc_changed(mdev->act_log, al_ext);
> > + spin_unlock_irq(&mdev->al_lock);
> > + wake_up(&mdev->al_wait);
>
> The wake_up outside the lock looks a little dangerous.
>

Please share you thoughts, why this looks a little dangerous ?

[...]
> > + mutex_lock(&mdev->md_io_mutex); /* protects md_io_buffer, al_tr_cycle,
> > ... */
>
> Doing checksumming inside a lock looks nasty.
>

Well, that is a mutex, not a spinlock. We need to hold that lock here,
to reserve md_io_page. The trivial checksumming done in here is done while
copying the transaction data to the io-page.

Sorry, no way to shorten the lock holding time here, and BTW no need to.

> Didn't read further. It's a lot of code. This was not a complete review,
> just some quick comments.

Andi,

Thanks a lot for you comments!

I have updated the patch set
http://oss.linbit.com/drbd/mainline_submission/03-25/
and added one point to my todo list:
* Removed DRBD_ratelimit().

When I am done with the list, I will repost the whole set to LKML.

-Phil
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