Re: [PATCH] 2.5.30 IDE 113

From: Jens Axboe (
Date: Tue Aug 06 2002 - 06:17:49 EST

On Tue, Aug 06 2002, Marcin Dalecki wrote:
> Uz.ytkownik Jens Axboe napisa?:
> >On Tue, Aug 06 2002, Marcin Dalecki wrote:
> >
> >>Uz.ytkownik Jens Axboe napisa?:
> >>
> >>>On Tue, Aug 06 2002, Marcin Dalecki wrote:
> >>>
> >>>
> >>>>Uz.ytkownik Jens Axboe napisa?:
> >>>>
> >>>>
> >>>>>On Tue, Aug 06 2002, Marcin Dalecki wrote:
> >>>>>
> >>>>>
> >>>>>
> >>>>>>device not per channel! If q->request_fn would properly return the
> >>>>>>error count instead of void, we could even get rid ot the
> >>>>>>checking for rq->errors after finishment... But well that's
> >>>>>>entierly different story.
> >>>>>
> >>>>>
> >>>>>That's nonsense! What exactly would you return from a request_fn after
> >>>>>having queued, eg, 20 commands? Error count is per request, anything
> >>>>>else would be stupid.
> >>>>
> >>>>Returning the error count in the case q->request_fn is called for
> >>>>a self submitted request like for example REQ_SPECIAL would be handy
> >>>>and well defined. For the cumulative case it would of course make sense
> >>>>to return the cumulative error count. Tough not very meaningfull, it
> >>>>would
> >>>>indicate the occurrence of the error very fine.
> >>>
> >>>
> >>>It's much nicer to maintain a sane API that doesn't depend on stuff like
> >>>the above. Cumulative error count, come on, you can't possibly be
> >>>serious?!
> >>
> >>Hey don't get me wrong - I *do not* suggest adding it becouse I don't
> >>think we are going to change the "eat as many as possible requests"
> >>instead of "eat one request" semantics of the q->reuqest_fn().
> >>OK?
> >
> >
> >You look from the IDE perspective, I look from the interface
> >perspective. There's is no "eat one request" semantic of request_fn(),
> >in fact there's just the opposite. If you quit after having just
> >consumed one request, you must make sure to invoke request_fn _yourself_
> >later on -- or use the recent blk_start/stop_queue helpers.
> Yes of course I know that there is not "eat one request" semantic of
> request_fn(). However looking at the interface perspective (out of my
> small corner) I think the above is precisely what leads to ugly things
> (and I think you will agree that this is ugly) like calling
> do_ide_request() back out from ata_irq_handler() - shrug.

Ho hum, well I think it's only ugly in the way it had to be done
previously. Right now I think the usage is pretty nice, actually

        rq = elv_next_request();


The API works nicely regardless of queue depth and how many requests
request_fn consumes.

Jens Axboe

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