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SubjectRe: [Drbd-dev] FLUSH/FUA documentation & code discrepancy
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On 13 September 2012 04:58, Tejun Heo <tj@kernel.org> wrote:
> Hello,
>
> On Tue, Sep 11, 2012 at 10:25:01AM +0200, Lars Ellenberg wrote:
>> Or do we have a better place to document write ordering requirements?
>>
>> "To enforce write-after-write dependencies, you *have* to drain the
>> queue (do we have a generic interface available for that?),
>> or at least wait for the completion of all the requests you
>> (potentially) depend upon, before even submitting the dependent request.
>>
>> Additionally, to avoid integrity issues due to volatile caches,
>> you need to use FLUSH/FUA as appropriate."
>
> I think it would be best to note the lack of any ordering guarantee in
> the comment of bio_submit()? Any one interested in submitting a
> patch?
>
> Thanks.
>
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Something along the lines of this?

diff --git a/block/blk-core.c b/block/blk-core.c
index 4b4dbdf..68b5671 100644
--- a/block/blk-core.c
+++ b/block/blk-core.c
@@ -1809,6 +1809,9 @@ EXPORT_SYMBOL(generic_make_request);
* uses that function to do most of the work. Both are fairly rough
* interfaces; @bio must be presetup and ready for I/O.
*
+ * Ordering of requests is not guaranteed, callers should drain the queue
+ * and issue a flush before submission of any dependent bios.
+ *
*/
void submit_bio(int rw, struct bio *bio)
{
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