Re: [git patches] xfs and block fixes for virtually indexed arches

From: Andi Kleen
Date: Thu Dec 17 2009 - 13:46:25 EST

Christoph Hellwig <hch@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> writes:

> On Thu, Dec 17, 2009 at 11:30:36AM -0500, tytso@xxxxxxx wrote:
>> That's because apparently the iSCSI and DMA blocks assume that they
>> have Real Pages (tm) passed to block I/O requests, and apparently XFS
>> ran into problems when sending vmalloc'ed pages. I don't know if this
>> is a problem if we pass the bio layer addresses coming from the SLAB
>> allocator, but oral tradition seems to indicate this is problematic,
>> although no one has given me the full chapter and verse explanation
>> about why this is so.
> Actually at least iscsi now has a workaround for that by checking for
> PageSlab. Back when we deal with the XFS issue that check was only
> available with debug options enabled. I tried to sort it out by
> agreeing with the block and iscsi folks that either

DRBD has the same workaround as well:

if (disable_sendpage || (page_count(page) < 1) || PageSlab(page))

But it seems like a gross hack to me. Perhaps this should be
passed as some sort of BIO attribute?


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