Re: [Kiobuf-io-devel] RFC: Kernel mechanism: Compound event wait

From: Linus Torvalds (
Date: Tue Feb 06 2001 - 20:40:41 EST

On Wed, 7 Feb 2001, Stephen C. Tweedie wrote:
> >
> > The fact is, if you have problems like the above, then you don't
> > understand the interfaces. And it sounds like you designed kiobuf support
> > around the wrong set of interfaces.
> They used the only interfaces available at the time...

Ehh.. "generic_make_request()" goes back a _loong_ time. It used to be
called just "make_request()", but all my points still stand.

It's even exported to modules. As far as I know, the raid code has always
used this interface exactly because raid needed to feed back the remapped
stuff and get around the blocksizing in ll_rw_block().

This really isn't anything new. I _know_ it's there in 2.2.x, and I
would not be surprised if it was there even in 2.0.x.

> > If you want to get at the _sector_ level, then you do
> ...
> > which doesn't look all that complicated to me. What's the problem?
> Doesn't this break nastily as soon as the IO hits an LVM or soft raid
> device? I don't think we are safe if we create a larger-sized
> buffer_head which spans a raid stripe: the raid mapping is only
> applied once per buffer_head.

Absolutely. This is exactly what I mean by saying that low-level drivers
may not actually be able to handle new cases that they've never been asked
to do before - they just never saw anything like a 64kB request before or
something that crossed its own alignment.

But the _higher_ levels are there. And there's absolutely nothing in the
design that is a real problem. But there's no question that you might need
to fix up more than one or two low-level drivers.

(The only drivers I know better are the IDE ones, and as far as I can tell
they'd have no trouble at all with any of this. Most other normal drivers
are likely to be in this same situation. But because I've not had a reason
to test, I certainly won't guarantee even that).


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