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SubjectRe: Bugs in mkfs.xfs, device mapper, xfs, and /dev/ram
On Sat, Dec 04, 2010 at 04:11:40AM +1100, Nick Piggin wrote:
> > Alternatively, what about switching brd away from overloading BLKFLSBUF
> > to a real implementation of (overloaded) BLKDISCARD support in brd.c?
> > One that doesn't blindly nuke the entire device but that properly
> > processes the discard request.
>
> Yeah the situation really sucks (mkfs.jfs doesn't work on ramdisk
> for the same reason).
>
> I want to unfortunately keep ioctl for compatibility, but adding new
> saner ones would be welcome. Also, having a non-default config or
> load time parameter for brd, to skip the special case, if that would
> help testing on older userspace.

How many programs actually depend on BLKFLSBUF dropping the pages used
in /dev/ram? The fact that it did this at all was a historical
accident of how the original /dev/ram was implemented (in the buffer
cache directly), and not anything that was intended. I think that's
something that we should be able to fix, since the number of programs
that knowly operate on the ramdisk is quite small. Just a few system
programs used by distributions in their early boot scripts....
So I would argue for dropping the "special" behavior of BLKFLSBUF for
/dev/ram.

- Ted


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