Re: [Kiobuf-io-devel] RFC: Kernel mechanism: Compound event wait /notify + callback chains

From: Christoph Hellwig (
Date: Thu Feb 01 2001 - 15:33:27 EST

In article <> you wrote:
> Hi,

> On Thu, Feb 01, 2001 at 05:34:49PM +0000, Alan Cox wrote:
> In the disk IO case, you basically don't get that (the only thing
> which comes close is raid5 parity blocks). The data which the user
> started with is the data sent out on the wire. You do get some
> interesting cases such as soft raid and LVM, or even in the scsi stack
> if you run out of mailbox space, where you need to send only a
> sub-chunk of the input buffer.

Though your describption is right, I don't think the case is very common:
Sometimes in LVM on a pv boundary and maybe sometimes in the scsi code.

In raid1 you need some kind of clone iobuf, which should work with both
cases. In raid0 you need a complete new pagelist anyway, same for raid5.

> In that case, having offset/len as the kiobuf limit markers is ideal:
> you can clone a kiobuf header using the same page vector as the
> parent, narrow down the start/end points, and continue down the stack
> without having to copy any part of the page list. If you had the
> offset/len data encoded implicitly into each entry in the sglist, you
> would not be able to do that.

Sure you could: you embedd that information in a higher-level structure.
I think you want the whole kio concept only for disk-like IO. Then many
of the things you do are completly right and I don't see much problems
(besides thinking that some thing may go away - but that's no major point).

With a generic object that is used over subsytem boundaries things are


Of course it doesn't work. We've performed a software upgrade.
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