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SubjectRe: [PATCH v1 10/15] block: add gup flag to bio_add_page()/bio_add_pc_page()/__bio_add_page()
On Mon 15-04-19 20:22:04, Jerome Glisse wrote:
> On Mon, Apr 15, 2019 at 04:59:52PM +0200, Jan Kara wrote:
> > Hi Jerome!
> >
> > On Thu 11-04-19 17:08:29, wrote:
> > > From: Jérôme Glisse <>
> > >
> > > We want to keep track of how we got a reference on page added to bio_vec
> > > ie wether the page was reference through GUP (get_user_page*) or not. So
> > > add a flag to bio_add_page()/bio_add_pc_page()/__bio_add_page() to that
> > > effect.
> >
> > Thanks for writing this patch set! Looking through patches like this one,
> > I'm a bit concerned. With so many bio_add_page() callers it's difficult to
> > get things right and not regress in the future. I'm wondering whether the
> > things won't be less error-prone if we required that all page reference
> > from bio are gup-like (not necessarily taken by GUP, if creator of the bio
> > gets to struct page he needs via some other means (e.g. page cache lookup),
> > he could just use get_gup_pin() helper we'd provide). After all, a page
> > reference in bio means that the page is pinned for the duration of IO and
> > can be DMAed to/from so it even makes some sense to track the reference
> > like that. Then bio_put() would just unconditionally do put_user_page() and
> > we won't have to propagate the information in the bio.
> >
> > Do you think this would be workable and easier?
> Thinking again on this, i can drop that patch and just add a new
> bio_add_page_from_gup() and then it would be much more obvious that
> only very few places need to use that new version and they are mostly
> obvious places. It is usualy GUP then right away add the pages to bio
> or bvec.

Yes, that's another option. Probably second preferred by me after my own
proposal ;)

> We can probably add documentation around GUP explaining that if you
> want to build a bio or bvec from GUP you must pay attention to which
> function you use.

Yes, although we both know how careful people are in reading

> Also pages going in a bio are not necessarily written too, they can
> be use as source (writting to block) or as destination (reading from
> block). So having all of them with refcount bias as GUP would muddy
> the water somemore between pages we can no longer clean (ie GUPed)
> and those that are just being use in regular read or write operation.

Why would the difference matter here?

Jan Kara <>

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