Subject: Re: Use vn_rdwr in vnd (Re: kern/34882)
To: YAMAMOTO Takashi <firstname.lastname@example.org>
From: Julio M. Merino Vidal <email@example.com>
Date: 11/10/2006 15:08:16
On 11/10/06, YAMAMOTO Takashi <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
> > On 11/9/06, YAMAMOTO Takashi <email@example.com> wrote:
> > > > + /* Flush the vnode if requested. */
> > > > + if (obp->b_flags & B_VFLUSH)
> > > > + vflushbuf(vp, 0);
> > > > +
> > > > + /* We need to increase the number of outputs on the vnode if
> > > > + * there was any write to it (either due to a real write or due
> > > > + * to a flush). */
> > > > + if (!doread || obp->b_flags & B_VFLUSH)
> > > > + vp->v_numoutput++;
> > >
> > > can you explain these B_VFLUSH handling?
> > For the first part I just tried to flush the vnode. I don't remember
> > how I ended exactly in vflushbuf, but it *seemed* reasonable...
> > Hmm... maybe one ought to call VOP_FSYNC instead? (And maybe this
> > handles the case below too.)
> why do you want to flush the underlying vnode here at all?
> if you want to preserve stable storage semantics or such,
> it should be done regardless of B_VFLUSH.
Because in the non-rw case, B_VFLUSH is passed down to the disk driver
and I guess that this will do a sync, isn't it?
> > Aside that, the driver was getting read requests that had the B_VFLUSH
> > bit active. Later on a "neg numoutput" panic happened which I was able
> > to fix by incrementing v_numoutput. Yes, that looks extremely ugly
> > (at least to me) so, please, if you have any better idea on how to fix
> > it tell me and I'll take a look.
> i don't know how read requests with B_VFLUSH happens
Just try a newfs over the vnd device and you'll get into
handle_with_rw with B_READ and B_VFLUSH set.
> or how it can be fixed
> by incrementing v_numoutput. can you explain?
If you remove that, as soon as you run the newfs command above the
system will panic with a "neg numoutput".
I checked other drivers and they seem to do similar things. See
ccd.c:770. Oh, and now I see there is a V_INCR_NUMOUTPUT macro to do
this, although it is not always used. It is also preceded by a
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