Subject: Re: more disksort fun
To: None <>
From: Juergen Hannken-Illjes <>
List: tech-kern
Date: 02/05/2000 12:03:36
> Hi folks...
> I noticed another problem with disksort (both versions) today, although
> it's not a show stopper, just a pessimization.
> Disksort keys off b_blkno, which is the offset of the transfer relative
> to the beginning of the device that's open.  However, for the vast
> majority of cases, this means that it's a *partition-relative* offset.
> What this means is that block a:10 comes after b:5, even though they're
> not actually sequential, especially in the case of disksort_blkno().
> While there's not chance of pooching data, this is obviously bad from
> the "we'd like to do sequential writes as much as possible, and avoid
> seeking back" perspective.
> Note that the hp300 and pmax old-style SCSI code actually overloaded
> b_cylinder with a raw block number and used cylinder disksort to avoid
> this problem!  (I noticed that, actually, when I split the disksort
> routines into cylinder/blkno and blkno-only verions...)
> What I have done instead is add a b_rawblkno field to struct buf,
> and change callers of disksort_*() to fill it in with the appropriate
> non-partition-relative value, and change disksort_*() to use that as
> the sort key, rather than b_blkno.
> Thoughts?

Another field for sorting? Why don't you use b_resid alias b_cylinder as a
first key and b_blkno as a second. The first key should be the raw block
number. Then use only disksort_cylinder as before.

#define b_rawblkno b_resid	????

>         -- Jason R. Thorpe <>

Juergen Hannken-Illjes - - TU Braunschweig (Germany)