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SubjectRe: [PATCH v4 6/6] io_uring: add support for zone-append
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On 7/27/20 1:16 PM, Kanchan Joshi wrote:
> On Fri, Jul 24, 2020 at 10:00 PM Jens Axboe <axboe@kernel.dk> wrote:
>>
>> On 7/24/20 9:49 AM, Kanchan Joshi wrote:
>>> diff --git a/fs/io_uring.c b/fs/io_uring.c
>>> index 7809ab2..6510cf5 100644
>>> --- a/fs/io_uring.c
>>> +++ b/fs/io_uring.c
>>> @@ -1284,8 +1301,15 @@ static void __io_cqring_fill_event(struct io_kiocb *req, long res, long cflags)
>>> cqe = io_get_cqring(ctx);
>>> if (likely(cqe)) {
>>> WRITE_ONCE(cqe->user_data, req->user_data);
>>> - WRITE_ONCE(cqe->res, res);
>>> - WRITE_ONCE(cqe->flags, cflags);
>>> + if (unlikely(req->flags & REQ_F_ZONE_APPEND)) {
>>> + if (likely(res > 0))
>>> + WRITE_ONCE(cqe->res64, req->rw.append_offset);
>>> + else
>>> + WRITE_ONCE(cqe->res64, res);
>>> + } else {
>>> + WRITE_ONCE(cqe->res, res);
>>> + WRITE_ONCE(cqe->flags, cflags);
>>> + }
>>
>> This would be nice to keep out of the fast path, if possible.
>
> I was thinking of keeping a function-pointer (in io_kiocb) during
> submission. That would have avoided this check......but argument count
> differs, so it did not add up.

But that'd grow the io_kiocb just for this use case, which is arguably
even worse. Unless you can keep it in the per-request private data,
but there's no more room there for the regular read/write side.

>>> diff --git a/include/uapi/linux/io_uring.h b/include/uapi/linux/io_uring.h
>>> index 92c2269..2580d93 100644
>>> --- a/include/uapi/linux/io_uring.h
>>> +++ b/include/uapi/linux/io_uring.h
>>> @@ -156,8 +156,13 @@ enum {
>>> */
>>> struct io_uring_cqe {
>>> __u64 user_data; /* sqe->data submission passed back */
>>> - __s32 res; /* result code for this event */
>>> - __u32 flags;
>>> + union {
>>> + struct {
>>> + __s32 res; /* result code for this event */
>>> + __u32 flags;
>>> + };
>>> + __s64 res64; /* appending offset for zone append */
>>> + };
>>> };
>>
>> Is this a compatible change, both for now but also going forward? You
>> could randomly have IORING_CQE_F_BUFFER set, or any other future flags.
>
> Sorry, I didn't quite understand the concern. CQE_F_BUFFER is not
> used/set for write currently, so it looked compatible at this point.

Not worried about that, since we won't ever use that for writes. But it
is a potential headache down the line for other flags, if they apply to
normal writes.

> Yes, no room for future flags for this operation.
> Do you see any other way to enable this support in io-uring?

Honestly I think the only viable option is as we discussed previously,
pass in a pointer to a 64-bit type where we can copy the additional
completion information to.

>> Layout would also be different between big and little endian, so not
>> even that easy to set aside a flag for this. But even if that was done,
>> we'd still have this weird API where liburing or the app would need to
>> distinguish this cqe from all others based on... the user_data? Hence
>> liburing can't do it, only the app would be able to.
>>
>> Just seems like a hack to me.
>
> Yes, only user_data to distinguish. Do liburing helpers need to look
> at cqe->res (and decide something) before returning the cqe to
> application?

They generally don't, outside of the internal timeout. But it's an issue
for the API, as it forces applications to handle the CQEs a certain way.
Normally there's flexibility. This makes the append writes behave
differently than everything else, which is never a good idea.

--
Jens Axboe

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