Re: [patch 12/23] invalidate_bdev() speedup

From: Arjan van de Ven
Date: Fri Aug 04 2006 - 09:07:17 EST

On Fri, 2006-08-04 at 02:04 -0700, Andrew Morton wrote:
> On Fri, 4 Aug 2006 09:50:13 +0100
> Christoph Hellwig <hch@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> > On Thu, Aug 03, 2006 at 10:39:42PM -0700, Greg KH wrote:
> > > -stable review patch. If anyone has any objections, please let us know.
> >
> > This is a feature. Definitly not -stable material.
> Apparently that regular IPI storm is causing the SGI machines some
> significant problems.

a tiny performance drop :) If that meets the stable policy.. open
question :)

> It's not the biggest problem we've ever had, but if this patch is wrong,
> the pagecache/buffer_head layer is utterly busted. And it isn't.

are you sure?

+ struct address_space *mapping = bdev->bd_inode->i_mapping;
+ if (mapping->nrpages == 0)
+ return;

what happens if a bdev used to have pagecache and at some point stops
having that due to page reclaim... will that page reclaim call
invalidate_bh_lrus() ? If not, who will ? If the answer is "nobody", is
that really the right answer?

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