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authorKiyoshi Ueda <k-ueda@ct.jp.nec.com>2008-09-18 10:46:13 -0400
committerJens Axboe <jens.axboe@oracle.com>2008-10-09 08:56:18 +0200
commit4ee5eaf4516a60f8ef64d3c246c64c6be0cf8c3a (patch)
tree3097d305534cd3a0fbfcca31ab5f4079b90e0fc3 /Documentation/DMA-API.txt
parent82124d60354846623a4b94af335717a5e142a074 (diff)
block: add a queue flag for request stacking support
This patch adds a queue flag to indicate the block device can be used for request stacking. Request stacking drivers need to stack their devices on top of only devices of which q->request_fn is functional. Since bio stacking drivers (e.g. md, loop) basically initialize their queue using blk_alloc_queue() and don't set q->request_fn, the check of (q->request_fn == NULL) looks enough for that purpose. However, dm will become both types of stacking driver (bio-based and request-based). And dm will always set q->request_fn even if the dm device is bio-based of which q->request_fn is not functional actually. So we need something else to distinguish the type of the device. Adding a queue flag is a solution for that. The reason why dm always sets q->request_fn is to keep the compatibility of dm user-space tools. Currently, all dm user-space tools are using bio-based dm without specifying the type of the dm device they use. To use request-based dm without changing such tools, the kernel must decide the type of the dm device automatically. The automatic type decision can't be done at the device creation time and needs to be deferred until such tools load a mapping table, since the actual type is decided by dm target type included in the mapping table. So a dm device has to be initialized using blk_init_queue() so that we can load either type of table. Then, all queue stuffs are set (e.g. q->request_fn) and we have no element to distinguish that it is bio-based or request-based, even after a table is loaded and the type of the device is decided. By the way, some stuffs of the queue (e.g. request_list, elevator) are needless when the dm device is used as bio-based. But the memory size is not so large (about 20[KB] per queue on ia64), so I hope the memory loss can be acceptable for bio-based dm users. Signed-off-by: Kiyoshi Ueda <k-ueda@ct.jp.nec.com> Signed-off-by: Jun'ichi Nomura <j-nomura@ce.jp.nec.com> Signed-off-by: Jens Axboe <jens.axboe@oracle.com>
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