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

From: Linus Torvalds (
Date: Wed Feb 07 2001 - 13:36:47 EST

On Wed, 7 Feb 2001, Christoph Hellwig wrote:

> On Tue, Feb 06, 2001 at 12:59:02PM -0800, Linus Torvalds wrote:
> >
> > Actually, they really aren't.
> >
> > They kind of _used_ to be, but more and more they've moved away from that
> > historical use. Check in particular the page cache, and as a really
> > extreme case the swap cache version of the page cache.
> Yes. And that exactly why I think it's ugly to have the left-over
> caching stuff in the same data sctruture as the IO buffer.

I do agree.

I would not be opposed to factoring out the "pure block IO" part from the
bh struct. It should not even be very hard. You'd do something like

        struct block_io {
                .. here is the stuff needed for block IO ..

        struct buffer_head {
                struct block_io io;
                .. here is the stuff needed for hashing etc ..

and then you make "generic_make_request()" and everything lower down take
just the "struct block_io".

You'd still leave "ll_rw_block()" and "submit_bh()" operating on bh's,
because they knoa about bh semantics (ie things like scaling the sector
number to the bh size etc). Which means that pretty much all the code
outside the block layer wouldn't even _notice_. Which is a sign of good

If you want to do this, please do go ahead.

But do realize that this is not exactly a 2.4.x thing ;)


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