Re: bio_chain: proposed solution for bio_alloc failure and large IO simplification

From: Adam J. Richter (
Date: Sat Jun 15 2002 - 03:45:27 EST

>> At any time, there could be only one "hinted" bio in a
>> request: the last bio in the request. So you only have to
>> clear the hint when:
>> 1. you merge bio's,
>> 2. elv_next_request is called,
>> 3. newbio is submitted.
>> In all three cases q->queue_lock gets taken, so we should
>> not need to add any additional spin_lock_irq's, and the two lines
>> to clear the hint pointers should be trivial.

>This logic is flawed. As I said, once you pass the bio to submit_bio,
>you can't maintain a pointer to it for these purposes. Grabbing the
>queue_lock guarentees absolutely nothing in this regard. Consider loop,
>for instance. I/O could be completed by the time bio_submit returns.

        So, I need a fourth location at in generic_make_request
just before the call to q->make_request_fn, like so:

        if (q->make_request_fn != __make_request) {
                int flags;
                spin_lock_irqsave(q->lock, flags);
                spin_unlock_irqrestore(q->lock, flags);
        ret = q->make_request_fn(q, bio);

        Perhaps it would be clearer for blk_queue_make_request to
set a queue flag, and then have generic_make_request check that flag
rather than checking the value of q->make_request_fn.

        If some other driver wants to implement its own weird queuing
system, then it merely doesn't benefit from the bio hints (because
they are cleared as bio's are passed into the weird queuing system).
Better yet, if the weird queuing system uses struct requet the way
__make_request does, then it could conceivably set tha new queue flag
and take care grabbing q->lock and clearing the hints when it takes
requests off of its internal queue if it wants to.

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