Re: [PATCH] block: Invalidate the cache for a parent block-device

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This definitely doesn't belong to blkdev_issue_flush.

blkdev_issue_flush is called by filesystems each time they want to 
synchronize hardware disk cache (for example, when committing a journal).

The patch may cause serious performance regressions (each time a 
filesystem commits journal, the patch causes it to walk all buffers in the 
whole-disk device).

You should put this code into fsync_bdev (so that it is called only on 
fsync or BLKFLSBUF) and not to blkdev_issue_flush.


> Executing a BLKFLSBUF-ioctl on a partition flushes the caches for that
> partition but reading data through the parent device will still return
> the old cached data.
> The cache for the block-device is not synced if the block-device is kept
> open (due to a mounted partition, for example). Only when all users for
> the disk have exited, the cache for the disk is made consistent again.
> Calling invalidate_bdev() on the parent block-device in case
> blkdev_issue_flush() was called for a partition fixes this.
> The problem can be worked around by forcing the caches to be flushed
> with either
>         # blockdev --flushbufs ${dev_disk}
> or
>         # echo 3 > /proc/sys/vm/drop_caches
> CC: Bryn M. Reeves <bmr <at>>
> Signed-off-by: Niels de Vos <ndevos <at>>
> ---
>  block/blk-flush.c |    3 +++
>  1 files changed, 3 insertions(+), 0 deletions(-)
> diff --git a/block/blk-flush.c b/block/blk-flush.c
> index 720ad60..e876f8e 100644
> --- a/block/blk-flush.c
> +++ b/block/blk-flush.c
> @@ -448,6 +448,9 @@ int blkdev_issue_flush(struct block_device *bdev, gfp_t gfp_
>         if (!bio_flagged(bio, BIO_UPTODATE))
>                 ret = -EIO;
> +       else if (bdev != bdev->bd_contains)
> +               /* invalidate parent block_device */
> +               invalidate_bdev(bdev->bd_contains);
>         bio_put(bio);
>         return ret;
> --

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