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SubjectRe: [PATCH 1/2] fs: Do not dispatch FITRIM through separate super_operation
On Fri, Nov 19, 2010 at 09:48:12AM -0500, Mark Lord wrote:
> I'm not sure about the issues on "adapting the block layer" ?
> For FITRIM, the blocks being trimmed would be reserved at the fs level,
> before issuing the discard for them. So ordering through the block layer
> shouldn't matter much for it. Does that simplify things?
>
> I see FITRIM just allocating a page to hold the ranges (for the >1 case)
> and passing that page down through the layers to libata (or any other
> LLD that supports >1 ranges).

Ordering should not be an issue. What were problems when I tried this
before is that we currently assume in the block layer that discard
bios have a valid bi_sector/bi_size, which is already needed e.g. for
the trivial remapping use for partitions and that they don't have
a payload. You'd need to teach various places that discard payloads
may have a payload, which contains multiple ranges that have a
sector/len tuple that needs to be remapped and checked in various
places.



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