Re: [PATCH 03/11] [PATCH 18/19] [dm-thin] [bio prison] Don't use the bi_next field for the holder of a cell.

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On Thu, Feb 02 2012 at 11:39am -0500,
Joe Thornber <ejt@xxxxxxxxxx> wrote:

> The holder can be passed down to lower devices which may want to use
> bi_next themselves.  Also added BUG_ON checks to confirm fix.

Aside from not (ab)using bi_next; do any other patches in the series
depend on this patch?  I don't think so but figured I'd explicitly ask.

> diff --git a/drivers/md/dm-thin.c b/drivers/md/dm-thin.c
> index c308757..6ef03a2 100644
> --- a/drivers/md/dm-thin.c
> +++ b/drivers/md/dm-thin.c
> @@ -220,8 +220,8 @@ static struct cell *__search_bucket(struct hlist_head *bucket,
>   * This may block if a new cell needs allocating.  You must ensure that
>   * cells will be unlocked even if the calling thread is blocked.
>   *
> - * Returns the number of entries in the cell prior to the new addition
> - * or < 0 on failure.
> + * Returns 1 if the cell was already held, 0 if @inmate is the new holder,
> + * or < 0 on error.
>   */
>  static int bio_detain(struct bio_prison *prison, struct cell_key *key,
>  		      struct bio *inmate, struct cell **ref)

bio_detain() never returns < 0, so I've updated the above comment block.

> @@ -256,21 +256,25 @@ static int bio_detain(struct bio_prison *prison, struct cell_key *key,
>  
>  			cell->prison = prison;
>  			memcpy(&cell->key, key, sizeof(cell->key));
> -			cell->count = 0;
> +			cell->holder = inmate;
>  			bio_list_init(&cell->bios);
>  			hlist_add_head(&cell->list, prison->cells + hash);
> +			r = 0;

So in this case where there is no existing inmate in the cell, and
you're allocating the cell, you aren't adding the lone inmate (the
holder) to the cell->bios.  But you did previously [1].

> +
> +		} else {
> +			mempool_free(cell2, prison->cell_pool);
> +			cell2 = NULL;
> +			r = 1;
> +			bio_list_add(&cell->bios, inmate);
>  		}
> -	}
>  
> -	r = cell->count++;
> -	bio_list_add(&cell->bios, inmate);

[1] So you only added it in all cases before because you were looking to
    get bio->bi_next to reflect the holder?  Thing is bio_list_add()
    will set: bio->bi_next = NULL; -- so I'm not seeing how overloading
    bi_next to imply holder was reliable.

I'll need to look closer at the bigger picture of how a cell is used;
but it is clear that cell->holder isn't on the cell->bios bio_list now.

> @@ -286,6 +290,7 @@ static void __cell_release(struct cell *cell, struct bio_list *inmates)
>  	if (inmates)
>  		bio_list_merge(inmates, &cell->bios);
>  
> +	bio_list_add_head(inmates, cell->holder);
>  	mempool_free(cell, prison->cell_pool);
>  }

__cell_release() assumes @inmates is a properly initialized bio_list.
So why the check for inmates != NULL?

And why is this bio_list_add_head() outside that inmates != NULL check?

But most important question: why is it so important to put the
cell->holder at the head of the @inmates list?

Anyway, __cell_release() is the only place where cell->holder is
actually used -- would be worthwhile to to add a comment above it's
bio_list_add_head() call to document _why_ it is important to add the
holder to the head there.

Especially considering @inmates _could_ already be non-empty, so you're
appending the cell->bios to the end of the @inmates list
(e.g. pool->deferred_bios), but then putting the holder of the cell at
the head of the @inmates list.. leaving the cell's holder disjoint from
it's other cell members... why?  Was this intended?

(Maybe I'm not reading the code right).

> @@ -1302,8 +1309,10 @@ static void process_deferred_bios(struct pool *pool)
>  		return;
>  	}
>  
> -	while ((bio = bio_list_pop(&bios)))
> +	while ((bio = bio_list_pop(&bios))) {
> +		BUG_ON(bio->bi_next);
>  		generic_make_request(bio);
> +	}

bio_list_pop() will always: bio->bi_next = NULL;

so there is no need for the BUG_ON() here.

I've refreshed this patch here:
http://people.redhat.com/msnitzer/patches/upstream/dm-thinp-3.3/0004-dm-thin-don-t-use-the-bi_next-field-for-the-holder-o.patch

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