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SubjectRe: [Qemu-devel] [PATCH v5 1/6] libnvdimm: nd_region flush callback support


> >
> > This patch adds functionality to perform flush from guest
> > to host over VIRTIO. We are registering a callback based
> > on 'nd_region' type. virtio_pmem driver requires this special
> > flush function. For rest of the region types we are registering
> > existing flush function. Report error returned by host fsync
> > failure to userspace.
> >
> > This also handles asynchronous flush requests from the block layer
> > by creating a child bio and chaining it with parent bio.
> >
> > Signed-off-by: Pankaj Gupta <pagupta@redhat.com>
> > ---bio_chain Dan williams
> [..]
> > diff --git a/drivers/nvdimm/region_devs.c b/drivers/nvdimm/region_devs.c
> > index b4ef7d9ff22e..fb1041ab32a6 100644
> > --- a/drivers/nvdimm/region_devs.c
> > +++ b/drivers/nvdimm/region_devs.c
> > @@ -295,7 +295,9 @@ static ssize_t deep_flush_store(struct device *dev,
> > struct device_attribute *att
> > return rc;
> > if (!flush)
> > return -EINVAL;
> > - nvdimm_flush(nd_region);
> > + rc = nvdimm_flush(nd_region, NULL, false);
> > + if (rc)
> > + return rc;
> >
> > return len;
> > }
> > @@ -1085,6 +1087,11 @@ static struct nd_region *nd_region_create(struct
> > nvdimm_bus *nvdimm_bus,
> > dev->of_node = ndr_desc->of_node;
> > nd_region->ndr_size = resource_size(ndr_desc->res);
> > nd_region->ndr_start = ndr_desc->res->start;
> > + if (ndr_desc->flush)
> > + nd_region->flush = ndr_desc->flush;
> > + else
> > + nd_region->flush = generic_nvdimm_flush;
> > +
> > nd_device_register(dev);
> >
> > return nd_region;
> > @@ -1125,11 +1132,36 @@ struct nd_region
> > *nvdimm_volatile_region_create(struct nvdimm_bus *nvdimm_bus,
> > }
> > EXPORT_SYMBOL_GPL(nvdimm_volatile_region_create);
> >
> > +int nvdimm_flush(struct nd_region *nd_region, struct bio *bio, bool async)
> > +{
>
> I don't quite see the point of the 'async' argument. All the usages of
> this routine are either
>
> nvdimm_flush(nd_region, bio, true)
> ...or:
> nvdimm_flush(nd_region, NULL, false)

Agree.

>
> ...so why not gate async behavior on the presence of the 'bio' argument?

Sure.

>
>
> > + int rc = 0;
> > +
> > + /* Create child bio for asynchronous flush and chain with
> > + * parent bio. Otherwise directly call nd_region flush.
> > + */
> > + if (async && bio->bi_iter.bi_sector != -1) {
> > +
> > + struct bio *child = bio_alloc(GFP_ATOMIC, 0);
> > +
> > + if (!child)
> > + return -ENOMEM;
> > + bio_copy_dev(child, bio);
> > + child->bi_opf = REQ_PREFLUSH;
> > + child->bi_iter.bi_sector = -1;
> > + bio_chain(child, bio);
> > + submit_bio(child);
>
> I understand how this works, but it's a bit too "magical" for my
> taste. I would prefer that all flush implementations take an optional
> 'bio' argument rather than rely on the make_request implementation to
> stash the bio away on a driver specific list.

I did this to make use of "bio_chain" for chaining child bio for async flush
suggested [1]. Are you saying to remove this and just call "flush" based on
bio argument? Or I implemented the 'bio_chain' request entirely wrong?

[1] https://lkml.org/lkml/2018/9/27/1028

>
> > + } else {
> > + if (nd_region->flush(nd_region))
> > + rc = -EIO;
>
> Given the common case wants to be fast and synchronous I think we
> should try to avoid retpoline overhead by default. So something like
> this:
>
> if (nd_region->flush == generic_nvdimm_flush)
> rc = generic_nvdimm_flush(...);

Sure.

Thanks,
Pankaj
>
>

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