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From: Ira Weiny <ira.weiny@intel.com>
To: Dave Chinner <david@fromorbit.com>
Cc: linux-kernel@vger.kernel.org,
	"Darrick J. Wong" <darrick.wong@oracle.com>,
	Dan Williams <dan.j.williams@intel.com>,
	Christoph Hellwig <hch@lst.de>,
	"Theodore Y. Ts'o" <tytso@mit.edu>, Jan Kara <jack@suse.cz>,
	Jeff Moyer <jmoyer@redhat.com>,
	linux-ext4@vger.kernel.org, linux-xfs@vger.kernel.org,
	linux-fsdevel@vger.kernel.org
Subject: Re: [PATCH V6 6/8] fs/xfs: Combine xfs_diflags_to_linux() and xfs_diflags_to_iflags()
Date: Wed, 8 Apr 2020 15:07:35 -0700	[thread overview]
Message-ID: <20200408220734.GA664132@iweiny-DESK2.sc.intel.com> (raw)
In-Reply-To: <20200408210236.GK24067@dread.disaster.area>

On Thu, Apr 09, 2020 at 07:02:36AM +1000, Dave Chinner wrote:
> On Wed, Apr 08, 2020 at 10:09:23AM -0700, Ira Weiny wrote:

[snip]

> > 
> > This sounds good but I think we need a slight modification to make the function equivalent in functionality.
> > 
> > void
> > xfs_diflags_to_iflags(
> >         struct xfs_inode        *ip,
> >         bool init)
> > {
> >         struct inode            *inode = VFS_I(ip);
> >         unsigned int            xflags = xfs_ip2xflags(ip);
> >         unsigned int            flags = 0;
> > 
> >         inode->i_flags &= ~(S_IMMUTABLE | S_APPEND | S_SYNC | S_NOATIME |
> >                             S_DAX);
> 
> We don't want to clear the dax flag here, ever, if it is already
> set. That is an externally visible change and opens us up (again) to
> races where IS_DAX() changes half way through a fault path. IOWs, avoiding
> clearing the DAX flag was something I did explicitly in the above
> code fragment.

<sigh> yes... you are correct.

But I don't like depending on the caller to clear the S_DAX flag if
xfs_inode_enable_dax() is false.  IMO this function should clear the flag in
that case for consistency...

This is part of the reason I used the if/else logic from xfs_diflags_to_linux()
originally.  It is very explicit.

> 
> And it makes the logic clearer by pre-calculating the new flags,
> then clearing and setting the inode flags together, rather than
> having the spearated at the top and bottom of the function.

But this will not clear the S_DAX flag even if init is true.  To me that is a
potential for confusion down the road.

> 
> THis leads to an obvious conclusion: if we never clear the in memory
> S_DAX flag, we can actually clear the on-disk flag safely, so that
> next time the inode cycles into memory it won't be using DAX. IOWs,
> admins can stop the applications, clear the DAX flag and drop
> caches. This should result in the inode being recycled and when the
> app is restarted it will run without DAX. No ned for deleting files,
> copying large data sets, etc just to turn off an inode flag.

We already discussed evicting the inode and it was determined to be too
confusing.[*]

Furthermore, if we did want an interface like that why not allow the on-disk
flag to be set as well as cleared?

IMO, this function should set all of the flags consistently including S_DAX.

Ira

[*] https://lore.kernel.org/lkml/20200403072731.GA24176@lst.de/

> 
> Cheers,
> 
> Dave.
> -- 
> Dave Chinner
> david@fromorbit.com

  parent reply	other threads:[~2020-04-08 22:07 UTC|newest]

Thread overview: 48+ messages / expand[flat|nested]  mbox.gz  Atom feed  top
2020-04-07 18:29 [PATCH V6 0/8] Enable per-file/per-directory DAX operations V6 ira.weiny
2020-04-07 18:29 ` [PATCH V6 1/8] fs/xfs: Remove unnecessary initialization of i_rwsem ira.weiny
2020-04-07 23:46   ` Dave Chinner
2020-04-07 18:29 ` [PATCH V6 2/8] fs: Remove unneeded IS_DAX() check ira.weiny
2020-04-09  7:31   ` Christoph Hellwig
2020-04-09 14:57     ` Ira Weiny
2020-04-07 18:29 ` [PATCH V6 3/8] fs/stat: Define DAX statx attribute ira.weiny
2020-04-07 23:47   ` Dave Chinner
2020-04-07 18:29 ` [PATCH V6 4/8] fs/xfs: Make DAX mount option a tri-state ira.weiny
2020-04-07 23:59   ` Dave Chinner
2020-04-08  0:09     ` Ira Weiny
2020-04-08  0:48       ` Dave Chinner
2020-04-09 15:03         ` Ira Weiny
2020-04-07 18:29 ` [PATCH V6 5/8] fs/xfs: Create function xfs_inode_enable_dax() ira.weiny
2020-04-08  0:05   ` Dave Chinner
2020-04-08  0:13     ` Ira Weiny
2020-04-07 18:29 ` [PATCH V6 6/8] fs/xfs: Combine xfs_diflags_to_linux() and xfs_diflags_to_iflags() ira.weiny
2020-04-08  2:08   ` Dave Chinner
2020-04-08 17:09     ` Ira Weiny
2020-04-08 21:02       ` Dave Chinner
2020-04-08 21:28         ` Dan Williams
2020-04-08 22:10           ` Ira Weiny
2020-04-08 23:58           ` Dave Chinner
2020-04-09  0:22             ` Ira Weiny
2020-04-09 12:41               ` Christoph Hellwig
2020-04-09 20:49                 ` Ira Weiny
2020-04-08 22:07         ` Ira Weiny [this message]
2020-04-08 23:21           ` Dave Chinner
2020-04-09  0:12             ` Ira Weiny
2020-04-09  0:30               ` Darrick J. Wong
2020-04-09 15:29                 ` Ira Weiny
2020-04-09 16:59                   ` Darrick J. Wong
2020-04-09 17:17                     ` Jan Kara
2020-04-09 20:54                     ` Ira Weiny
2020-04-09  0:49               ` Dave Chinner
2020-04-09 12:40                 ` Christoph Hellwig
2020-04-10  0:27                   ` Dave Chinner
2020-04-07 18:29 ` [PATCH V6 7/8] fs/xfs: Change xfs_ioctl_setattr_dax_invalidate() to xfs_ioctl_dax_check() ira.weiny
2020-04-08  2:23   ` Dave Chinner
2020-04-08  9:58     ` Jan Kara
2020-04-08 21:09       ` Dave Chinner
2020-04-08 22:26         ` Ira Weiny
2020-04-08 23:48           ` Dave Chinner
2020-04-09 12:28             ` Christoph Hellwig
2020-04-08 15:37   ` Darrick J. Wong
2020-04-08 18:13     ` Ira Weiny
2020-04-16  5:39   ` [fs/xfs] 857c9841f8: xfstests.xfs.046.fail kernel test robot
2020-04-07 18:29 ` [PATCH V6 8/8] Documentation/dax: Update Usage section ira.weiny

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