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SubjectRe: [PATCH 09/12] xfs: refactor the ioend merging code
On Tue, Jun 25, 2019 at 03:42:20PM +0300, Nikolay Borisov wrote:
>
>
> On 25.06.19 г. 13:14 ч., Christoph Hellwig wrote:
> > On Mon, Jun 24, 2019 at 07:06:22PM +0300, Nikolay Borisov wrote:
> >>> +{
> >>> + struct list_head tmp;
> >>> +
> >>> + list_replace_init(&ioend->io_list, &tmp);
> >>> + xfs_destroy_ioend(ioend, error);
> >>> + while ((ioend = list_pop(&tmp, struct xfs_ioend, io_list)))
> >>> + xfs_destroy_ioend(ioend, error);
> >>
> >> nit: I'd prefer if the list_pop patch is right before this one since
> >> this is the first user of it.
> >
> > I try to keep generic infrastructure first instead of interveawing
> > it with subystem-specific patches.
> >
> >> Additionally, I don't think list_pop is
> >> really a net-negative win
> >
> > What is a "net-negative win" ?
>
> What I meant was 'net-positive win', in terms of making the code more
> readable or optimised.
>
> >
> >> in comparison to list_for_each_entry_safe
> >> here. In fact this "delete the list" would seems more idiomatic if
> >> implemented via list_for_each_entry_safe
> >
> > I disagree. The for_each loops require an additional next iterator,
> > and also don't clearly express what is going on, but require additional
> > spotting of the list_del.
>
> That is of course your opinion. At the very least we can agree to disagree.
>
> What I'm worried about, though, is now you've essentially introduced a
> new idiom to dispose of lists, which is used only in your code. If it
> doesn't become more widespread and gradually start replacing current
> list_for_each_entry_safe usage then you would have increased the public
> list interface to cater for one specific use case, just because it seems
> more natural to you. I guess only time will show whether it makes sense
> to have list_pop_entry

I for one would love to replace all the opencoded "walk a list and drop
each entry before we move on" code in fs/xfs/scrub/ with list_pop_entry.
Quickly scanning fs/xfs/, there seem to be a couple dozen places where
we could probably do that too.

--D

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