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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?
>
> No, I think you implemented it correctly. I'm just asking for the
> chaining to be performed internal to the ->flush() callback rather
> than in the common nvdimm_flush() front-end.

Sure. Perfect!

Thank you very much for all the suggestions.

Best regards,
Pankaj
>

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