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SubjectRe: [PATCH 6/6] writeback: merge for_kupdate and !for_kupdate cases
On Tue, Jul 13, 2010 at 06:22:54AM +0800, Andrew Morton wrote:
> On Mon, 12 Jul 2010 23:52:39 +0800
> Wu Fengguang <fengguang.wu@intel.com> wrote:
>
> > > Also, I'd prefer that the
> > > comments remain somewhat more descriptive of the circumstances that
> > > we are operating under. Comments like "retry later to avoid blocking
> > > writeback of other inodes" is far, far better than "retry later"
> > > because it has "why" component that explains the reason for the
> > > logic. You may remember why, but I sure won't in a few months time....
>
> me2 (of course). This code is waaaay too complex to be scrimping on comments.
>
> > Ah yes the comment is too simple. However the redirty_tail() is not to
> > avoid blocking writeback of other inodes, but to avoid eating 100% CPU
> > on busy retrying a dirty inode/page that cannot perform writeback for
> > a while. (In theory redirty_tail() can still busy retry though, when
> > there is only one single dirty inode.) So how about
> >
> > /*
> > * somehow blocked: avoid busy retrying
> > */
>
> That's much too short. Expand on the "somehow" - provide an example,
> describe the common/expected cause. Fully explain what the "busy"
> retry _is_ and how it can come about.

It was a long story.. This redirty_tail() was introduced when more_io
is introduced. The initial patch for more_io does not have the
redirty_tail(), and when it's merged, several 100% iowait bug reports
arises:

reiserfs:
http://lkml.org/lkml/2007/10/23/93

jfs:
commit 29a424f28390752a4ca2349633aaacc6be494db5
JFS: clear PAGECACHE_TAG_DIRTY for no-write pages

ext2:
http://www.spinics.net/linux/lists/linux-ext4/msg04762.html

They are all old bugs hidden in various filesystems that become
"obvious" with the more_io patch. At the time, the ext2 bug is thought
to be "trivial", so you didn't merge that fix. Instead the following
patch with redirty_tail() is merged:

http://www.spinics.net/linux/lists/linux-ext4/msg04507.html

This will in general prevent 100% on ext2 and other possibly unknown FS bugs.

I'll take David's comments and note the above in changelog.

Thanks,
Fengguang


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