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SubjectRe: [PATCH 2/3] mm/filemap: initiate readahead even if IOCB_NOWAIT is set for the I/O
On Thu 31-01-19 11:30:24, Jiri Kosina wrote:
> On Thu, 31 Jan 2019, Michal Hocko wrote:
>
> > > > > diff --git a/mm/filemap.c b/mm/filemap.c
> > > > > index 9f5e323e883e..7bcdd36e629d 100644
> > > > > --- a/mm/filemap.c
> > > > > +++ b/mm/filemap.c
> > > > > @@ -2075,8 +2075,6 @@ static ssize_t generic_file_buffered_read(struct kiocb *iocb,
> > > > >
> > > > > page = find_get_page(mapping, index);
> > > > > if (!page) {
> > > > > - if (iocb->ki_flags & IOCB_NOWAIT)
> > > > > - goto would_block;
> > > > > page_cache_sync_readahead(mapping,
> > > > > ra, filp,
> > > > > index, last_index - index);
> > > >
> > > > Maybe a stupid question but I am not really familiar with this path but
> > > > what exactly does prevent a sync read down page_cache_sync_readahead
> > > > path?
> > >
> > > page_cache_sync_readahead() only submits the read ahead request(s), it
> > > doesn't wait for it to finish.
> >
> > OK, I guess my question was not precise. What does prevent taking fs
> > locks down the path?
>
> Well, RWF_NOWAIT doesn't mean the kernel can't reschedule while executing
> preadv2(), right? It just means it will not wait for the arrival of the
> whole data blob into pagecache in case it's not there.

No, it can reschedule for sure but the man page says:
: If this flag is specified, the preadv2() system call will return
: instantly if it would have to read data from the backing storage or wait
: for a lock.

I assume that the lock is meant to be a filesystem lock here.
--
Michal Hocko
SUSE Labs

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