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SubjectIs nobh code still useful?

during my page_mkwrite() work, I've looked at who uses nobh_ versions of
various functions in fs/buffer.c. It seems only ext2 and jfs use them. ext3
uses them only from writepage() (which means we needn't attach buffers to a
page when it was written via mmap in writeback mode) and ext4 tries to use
them but in fact it's nop because it always attaches buffers to the page
earlier. So it's not really widely used, there's quite some code to support
it (including one page flag), and it also slightly complicates my
page_mkwrite() fixes.
So I wanted to ask does somebody actually remember what it is good for?
Buffer heads obviously consume some memory so was that the reason? OTOH we
have to map the page whenever we write to it or send it to disk via

Jan Kara <>

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