Re: [PATCH 1/9] block: Stop abusing csd.list for fifo_time

From: Frederic Weisbecker
Date: Mon Feb 03 2014 - 12:02:45 EST

On Mon, Feb 03, 2014 at 03:48:29PM +0100, Jan Kara wrote:
> On Sat 01-02-14 17:48:27, Frederic Weisbecker wrote:
> > On Mon, Dec 23, 2013 at 09:39:22PM +0100, Jan Kara wrote:
> > > Block layer currently abuses rq-> for storing fifo_time.
> > > That is a terrible hack and completely unnecessary as well. Union
> > > achieves the same space saving in a cleaner way.
> > >
> > > Signed-off-by: Jan Kara <jack@xxxxxxx>
> >
> > Hi Jan,
> >
> > Taken as is, the patch is fine and it builds.
> > But later when I finally get rid of csd->list in a subsequent patch,
> > rq_fifo_clear() callers break the build.
> >
> > This is because rq_fifo_clear() initialize the csd->list and I'm not
> > sure how to fix that leftover because I am not clear about the purpose
> > of that INIT_LIST_HEAD(): is it to reset fifo time or to prepare for
> > an IPI to be queued?
> I'm convinced it is there to prepare IPI to be queued. So just removing
> the initialization as you did should be the right thing to do. You can
> easily verify that it is correct - you boot the kernel, switch to 'deadline'
> IO scheduler by doing
> echo 'deadline' >/sys/block/sda/queue/scheduler
> and then do some IO. If it doesn't blow up, it is correct.

Ok that seem to work :)

> > All in one it looks buggy because if this is to prepare for the IPI,
> > it's useless as csd.list is not a list head but just a node. Otherwise if it
> > is to reset fifo_time it's wrong because INIT_LIST_HEAD doesn't initialize
> > to 0.
> Yup, I think it is useless.

Ok then I'll apply this change. I'm just moving it to a separate patch to lower
the chance of it being missed.

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