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SubjectRe: [GIT PULL] fscache: I/O API modernisation and netfs helper library
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Matthew Wilcox <willy@infradead.org> wrote:

> Yeah, I have trouble with the private2 vs fscache bit too. I've been
> trying to persuade David that he doesn't actually need an fscache
> bit at all; he can just increment the page's refcount to prevent it
> from being freed while he writes data to the cache.

That's not what the bit is primarily being used for. It's being used to
prevent the starting of a second write to the cache whilst the first is in
progress and also to prevent modification whilst DMA to the cache is in
progress. This isn't so obvious in this cut-down patchset, but comes more in
to play with full caching of local writes in my fscache-iter branch.

I can't easily share PG_writeback for this because each bit covers a write to
a different place. PG_writeback covers the write to the server and PG_fscache
the write to the cache. These writes may get split up differently and will
most likely finish at different times.

If I have to share PG_writeback, that will mean storing both states for each
page somewhere else and then "OR'ing" them together to drive PG_writeback.

David

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