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SubjectRe: [PATCH v7 0/6] block: Introduce REQ_ALLOCATE flag for REQ_OP_WRITE_ZEROES
On Thu, Mar 19, 2020 at 09:03:40AM -0400, Martin K. Petersen wrote:
>
> Christoph,
>
> >> Some comments? Some requests for reworking? Some personal reasons to
> >> ignore my patches?
> >
> > I'm still completely opposed to the magic overloading using a flag.
> > That is just a bad design waiting for trouble to happen.
>
> The observation was that Kirill's original patch set was a line-for-line
> carbon copy of the write zeroes handling throughout the stack. The only
> difference between the two was at the bottom. Instead of duplicating all
> that code it seemed cleaner to use shared plumbing since these
> operations need to be split and merged exactly the same way in the block
> layer.
>
> Also, we already have REQ_NOUNMAP, not sure why an additional handling
> flag would lead to trouble? Note that I suggested renaming
> REQ_OP_WRITE_ZEROES to something else to separate the semantics from the
> plumbing.
>
> We need to be able to express:
>
> - zero & allocate block range (REQ_OP_WRITE_ZEROES, REQ_NOUNMAP)
> - zero & deallocate block range (REQ_OP_WRITE_ZEROES, !REQ_NOUNMAP)
> - allocate block range (?, don't care about zeroing)
> - deallocate block range (REQ_OP_DISCARD, don't care about zeroing)
>
> It just seems like a full-fledged REQ_OP_ALLOCATE is an overkill to fill
> that gap.
>
> That said, I do think that we have traditionally put emphasis on the
> wrong part of these operations. All we ever talk about wrt. discard and
> friends is the zeroing aspect. But I actually think that, semantically,
> the act of allocating and deallocating blocks is more important. And
> that zeroing is an optional second order effect of those operations. So
> if we could go back in time and nuke multi-range DSM TRIM/UNMAP, I would
> like to have REQ_OP_ALLOCATE/REQ_OP_DEALLOCATE with an optional REQ_ZERO
> flag. I think that would be cleaner. I have a much easier time wrapping
> my head around "allocate this block and zero it if you can" than "zero
> this block and do not deallocate it". But maybe that's just me.

I'd love to transition to that. My brain is not good at following all
the inverse logic that NOUNMAP spread everywhere. I have a difficult
time following what the blockdev fallocate code does, which is sad since
hch and I are the primary stuckees^Wmeddlers^Wauthors of that function. :/

--D

> --
> Martin K. Petersen Oracle Linux Engineering

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