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Subject[RFC PATCH 1/2] blkdev.h: Introduce size_to_sectors hlper function
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This function takes an argument to specify the size of a block device,
in bytes, and return the number of sectors of 512 bytes.

Signed-off-by: Marcos Paulo de Souza <marcos.souza.org@gmail.com>
---
include/linux/blkdev.h | 18 ++++++++++++++++++
1 file changed, 18 insertions(+)

diff --git a/include/linux/blkdev.h b/include/linux/blkdev.h
index 317ab30d2904..7bf7b99161b7 100644
--- a/include/linux/blkdev.h
+++ b/include/linux/blkdev.h
@@ -871,6 +871,24 @@ static inline struct request_queue *bdev_get_queue(struct block_device *bdev)
#define SECTOR_SIZE (1 << SECTOR_SHIFT)
#endif

+/**
+ * size_to_sectors - Convert size in bytes to number of sectors of 512 bytes
+ * @size: size in bytes to be converted to sectors
+ *
+ * Description:
+ * Kernel I/O operation are always made in "sectors". In order to set the
+ * correct number of sectors for a given number of bytes, we need to group the
+ * number of bytes in "sectors of 512 bytes" by shifting the size value by 9,
+ * which is the same than dividing the size by 512. For example, for a capacity
+ * of 32M (33554432 bytes), the number of sectors will be 65536.
+ *
+ * Returns the number of sectors by the given number of bytes.
+ */
+static inline sector_t size_to_sectors(long long size)
+{
+ return size >> SECTOR_SHIFT;
+}
+
/*
* blk_rq_pos() : the current sector
* blk_rq_bytes() : bytes left in the entire request
--
2.16.4
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