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SubjectRe: [PATCH 01/19] dax: remove block device dependencies
On Tue, Jan 14, 2020 at 1:28 PM Vivek Goyal <vgoyal@redhat.com> wrote:
>
> On Tue, Jan 14, 2020 at 12:39:00PM -0800, Dan Williams wrote:
> > On Tue, Jan 14, 2020 at 12:31 PM Vivek Goyal <vgoyal@redhat.com> wrote:
> > >
> > > On Thu, Jan 09, 2020 at 12:03:01PM -0800, Dan Williams wrote:
> > > > On Thu, Jan 9, 2020 at 3:27 AM Jan Kara <jack@suse.cz> wrote:
> > > > >
> > > > > On Tue 07-01-20 10:49:55, Dan Williams wrote:
> > > > > > On Tue, Jan 7, 2020 at 10:33 AM Vivek Goyal <vgoyal@redhat.com> wrote:
> > > > > > > W.r.t partitioning, bdev_dax_pgoff() seems to be the pain point where
> > > > > > > dax code refers back to block device to figure out partition offset in
> > > > > > > dax device. If we create a dax object corresponding to "struct block_device"
> > > > > > > and store sector offset in that, then we could pass that object to dax
> > > > > > > code and not worry about referring back to bdev. I have written some
> > > > > > > proof of concept code and called that object "dax_handle". I can post
> > > > > > > that code if there is interest.
> > > > > >
> > > > > > I don't think it's worth it in the end especially considering
> > > > > > filesystems are looking to operate on /dev/dax devices directly and
> > > > > > remove block entanglements entirely.
> > > > > >
> > > > > > > IMHO, it feels useful to be able to partition and use a dax capable
> > > > > > > block device in same way as non-dax block device. It will be really
> > > > > > > odd to think that if filesystem is on /dev/pmem0p1, then dax can't
> > > > > > > be enabled but if filesystem is on /dev/mapper/pmem0p1, then dax
> > > > > > > will work.
> > > > > >
> > > > > > That can already happen today. If you do not properly align the
> > > > > > partition then dax operations will be disabled. This proposal just
> > > > > > extends that existing failure domain to make all partitions fail to
> > > > > > support dax.
> > > > >
> > > > > Well, I have some sympathy with the sysadmin that has /dev/pmem0 device,
> > > > > decides to create partitions on it for whatever (possibly misguided)
> > > > > reason and then ponders why the hell DAX is not working? And PAGE_SIZE
> > > > > partition alignment is so obvious and widespread that I don't count it as a
> > > > > realistic error case sysadmins would be pondering about currently.
> > > > >
> > > > > So I'd find two options reasonably consistent:
> > > > > 1) Keep status quo where partitions are created and support DAX.
> > > > > 2) Stop partition creation altogether, if anyones wants to split pmem
> > > > > device further, he can use dm-linear for that (i.e., kpartx).
> > > > >
> > > > > But I'm not sure if the ship hasn't already sailed for option 2) to be
> > > > > feasible without angry users and Linus reverting the change.
> > > >
> > > > Christoph? I feel myself leaning more and more to the "keep pmem
> > > > partitions" camp.
> > > >
> > > > I don't see "drop partition support" effort ending well given the long
> > > > standing "ext4 fails to mount when dax is not available" precedent.
> > > >
> > > > I think the next least bad option is to have a dax_get_by_host()
> > > > variant that passes an offset and length pair rather than requiring a
> > > > later bdev_dax_pgoff() to recall the offset. This also prevents
> > > > needing to add another dax-device object representation.
> > >
> > > I am wondering what's the conclusion on this. I want to this to make
> > > progress in some direction so that I can make progress on virtiofs DAX
> > > support.
> >
> > I think we should at least try to delete the partition support and see
> > if anyone screams. Have a module option to revert the behavior so
> > people are not stuck waiting for the revert to land, but if it stays
> > quiet then we're in a better place with that support pushed out of the
> > dax core.
>
> Hi Dan,
>
> So basically keep partition support code just that disable it by default
> and it is enabled by some knob say kernel command line option/module
> option.

Yes.

> At what point of time will we remove that code completely. I mean what
> if people scream after two kernel releases, after we have removed the
> code.

I'd follow the typical timelines of Documentation/ABI/obsolete which
is a year or more.

>
> Also, from distribution's perspective, we might not hear from our
> customers for a very long time (till we backport that code in to
> existing releases or release this new code in next major release). From
> that view point I will not like to break existing user visible behavior.
>
> How bad it is to keep partition support around. To me it feels reasonaly
> simple where we just have to store offset into dax device into another
> dax object:

If we end up keeping partition support, we're not adding another object.

> and pass that object around (instead of dax_device). If that's
> the case, I am not sure why to even venture into a direction where some
> user's setup might be broken.

It was a mistake to support them. If that mistake can be undone
without breaking existing deployments the code base is better off
without the concept.

> Also from an application perspective, /dev/pmem is a block device, so it
> should behave like a block device, (including kernel partition table support).
> From that view, dax looks like just an additional feature of that device
> which can be enabled by passing option "-o dax".

dax via block devices was a crutch that we leaned on too heavily, and
the implementation has slowly been moving away from it ever since.

> IOW, can we reconsider the idea of not supporting kernel partition tables
> for dax capable block devices. I can only see downsides of removing kernel
> partition table support and only upside seems to be little cleanup of dax
> core code.

Can you help find end users that depend on it? Even the Red Hat
installation guide example shows mounting on pmem0 directly. [1]

My primary concern is people that might be booting from pmem as boot
support requires an EFI partition table, and initramfs images would
need to be respun to move to kpartx.

[1]: https://access.redhat.com/documentation/en-us/red_hat_enterprise_linux/7/html-single/storage_administration_guide/index#Configuring-Persistent-Memory-for-File-System-Direct-Access-DAX

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