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From: "Martin K. Petersen" <>
To: Christoph Hellwig <>
Cc: Kirill Tkhai <>,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,
Subject: Re: [PATCH v7 0/6] block: Introduce REQ_ALLOCATE flag for REQ_OP_WRITE_ZEROES
Date: Thu, 19 Mar 2020 09:03:40 -0400
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In-Reply-To: <> (Christoph Hellwig's message of "Thu, 19 Mar 2020 03:28:19 -0700")


>> Some comments? Some requests for reworking? Some personal reasons to
>> ignore my patches?
> I'm still completely opposed to the magic overloading using a flag.
> That is just a bad design waiting for trouble to happen.

The observation was that Kirill's original patch set was a line-for-line
carbon copy of the write zeroes handling throughout the stack. The only
difference between the two was at the bottom. Instead of duplicating all
that code it seemed cleaner to use shared plumbing since these
operations need to be split and merged exactly the same way in the block

Also, we already have REQ_NOUNMAP, not sure why an additional handling
flag would lead to trouble? Note that I suggested renaming
REQ_OP_WRITE_ZEROES to something else to separate the semantics from the

We need to be able to express:

 - zero & allocate block range (REQ_OP_WRITE_ZEROES, REQ_NOUNMAP)
 - zero & deallocate block range (REQ_OP_WRITE_ZEROES, !REQ_NOUNMAP)
 - allocate block range (?, don't care about zeroing)
 - deallocate block range (REQ_OP_DISCARD, don't care about zeroing)

It just seems like a full-fledged REQ_OP_ALLOCATE is an overkill to fill
that gap.

That said, I do think that we have traditionally put emphasis on the
wrong part of these operations. All we ever talk about wrt. discard and
friends is the zeroing aspect. But I actually think that, semantically,
the act of allocating and deallocating blocks is more important. And
that zeroing is an optional second order effect of those operations. So
if we could go back in time and nuke multi-range DSM TRIM/UNMAP, I would
like to have REQ_OP_ALLOCATE/REQ_OP_DEALLOCATE with an optional REQ_ZERO
flag. I think that would be cleaner. I have a much easier time wrapping
my head around "allocate this block and zero it if you can" than "zero
this block and do not deallocate it". But maybe that's just me.

Martin K. Petersen	Oracle Linux Engineering

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Thread overview: 22+ messages / expand[flat|nested]  mbox.gz  Atom feed  top
2020-02-13  7:39 Kirill Tkhai
2020-02-13  7:39 ` [PATCH v7 1/6] block: Add @flags argument to bdev_write_zeroes_sectors() Kirill Tkhai
2020-02-13  7:39 ` [PATCH v7 2/6] block: Pass op_flags into blk_queue_get_max_sectors() Kirill Tkhai
2020-02-13  7:39 ` [PATCH v7 3/6] block: Introduce blk_queue_get_max_write_zeroes_sectors() Kirill Tkhai
2020-02-13  7:39 ` [PATCH v7 4/6] block: Add support for REQ_ALLOCATE flag Kirill Tkhai
2020-02-13  7:39 ` [PATCH v7 5/6] block: Add blk_queue_max_allocate_sectors() Kirill Tkhai
2020-02-13  7:39 ` [PATCH v7 6/6] loop: Add support for REQ_ALLOCATE Kirill Tkhai
2020-02-13 18:11   ` Darrick J. Wong
2020-02-13 20:07     ` Kirill Tkhai
2020-02-13  7:55 ` [PATCH v7 0/6] block: Introduce REQ_ALLOCATE flag for REQ_OP_WRITE_ZEROES Kirill Tkhai
2020-03-06  9:11   ` Kirill Tkhai
2020-03-13 13:08     ` Kirill Tkhai
2020-03-19 10:28       ` Christoph Hellwig
2020-03-19 10:42         ` Kirill Tkhai
2020-03-19 13:03         ` Martin K. Petersen [this message]
2020-03-25 16:26           ` Darrick J. Wong
2020-03-25 16:32             ` Christoph Hellwig
2020-03-25 17:23               ` Martin K. Petersen
2020-03-26  9:29                 ` Christoph Hellwig
2020-03-26 14:34                   ` Martin K. Petersen
2020-03-26 14:45                     ` Christoph Hellwig
2020-03-26 16:48                       ` Chaitanya Kulkarni

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