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SubjectRe: [PATCH 2.6.27.y 1/3] ext4: Use our own write_cache_pages()
On Fri, May 28, 2010 at 02:26:25PM -0500, Jayson R. King wrote:
> From: Theodore Ts'o <>
> Date: Sun May 16 18:00:00 2010 -0400
> Subject: ext4: Use our own write_cache_pages()
> commit 8e48dcfbd7c0892b4cfd064d682cc4c95a29df32 upstream.
> Make a copy of write_cache_pages() for the benefit of
> ext4_da_writepages(). This allows us to simplify the code some, and
> will allow us to further customize the code in future patches.
> There are some nasty hacks in write_cache_pages(), which Linus has
> (correctly) characterized as vile. I've just copied it into
> write_cache_pages_da(), without trying to clean those bits up lest I
> break something in the ext4's delalloc implementation, which is a bit
> fragile right now. This will allow Dave Chinner to clean up
> write_cache_pages() in mm/page-writeback.c, without worrying about
> breaking ext4. Eventually write_cache_pages_da() will go away when I
> rewrite ext4's delayed allocation and create a general
> ext4_writepages() which is used for all of ext4's writeback. Until
> now this is the lowest risk way to clean up the core
> write_cache_pages() function.
> Signed-off-by: "Theodore Ts'o" <>

This doesn't fix a bug; it's to make it easy for Dave Chinner to make
some changes to fix XFS's performance and to undo some ext4-specific
changes to write_cache_pages(). I'm not sure there's a good reason to
backport this to 2.6.27.y....
- Ted

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