Re: [PATCH 4/5] block: make blkdev_get/put() handle exclusive access

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On Mon, Nov 01, 2010 at 05:15:28PM +0100, Tejun Heo wrote:
> * blkdev_get() is extended to include exclusive access management.
>   @holder argument is added and, if is @FMODE_EXCL specified, it will
>   gain exclusive access atomically w.r.t. other exclusive accesses.
> 
> * blkdev_put() is similarly extended.  It now takes @mode argument and
>   if @FMODE_EXCL is set, it releases an exclusive access.  Also, when
>   the last exclusive claim is released, the holder/slave symlinks are
>   removed automatically.

Could we get rid of FMODE_EXCL and just make a non-NULL holder field
mean to open it exlusively (and pass a holder to the blkdev_put to
release it)?

> * bd_link_disk_holder() remains the same but bd_unlink_disk_holder()
>   is no longer necessary and removed.

That's a rather asymetric interface.  What about having
blkdev_get_stacked that require a gendisk as holder and set up the
links underneath?


> open_bdev_exclusive() and open_by_devnum() can use further cleanup -
> rename to blkdev_get_by_path() and blkdev_get_by_devt() and drop
> special features.  Well, let's leave them for another day.

s/blkdev_get_by_devt/blkdev_get_by_dev/

And yes, that rename is a good idea and should go in ASAP after this
patch.

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