Re: [Ext2-devel] [PATCH 1/9] extents for ext4
From: Andrew Morton
Date: Fri Aug 11 2006 - 19:14:48 EST
On Fri, 11 Aug 2006 15:13:09 -0700
Mingming Cao <cmm@xxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> On Thu, 2006-08-10 at 11:00 -0700, Andrew Morton wrote:
> > On Thu, 10 Aug 2006 13:17:55 -0400
> > Theodore Tso <tytso@xxxxxxx> wrote:
> > > On Wed, Aug 09, 2006 at 11:39:40PM -0700, Andrew Morton wrote:
> > > > - replace all brelse() calls with put_bh(). Because brelse() is
> > > > old-fashioned, has a weird name and neelessly permits a NULL arg.
> > > >
> > > > In fact it would be beter to convert JBD and ext3 to put_bh before
> > > > copying it all over.
> > >
> > > Wouldn't it be better to preserve in the source code history the
> > > brelse->put_bh conversion? We can pour a huge number of changes in
> > > ext4 before we submit, but I would have thought it would be easier for
> > > everyone to see what is going on if we submit with just the minimal
> > > changes, and then have patches that address concerns like this one at
> > > a time.
> > >
> > I'd suggest that this be one of the cleanups which be done within ext3
> > before taking the ext4 copy.
> Looked at this today -- currently brelse() and __brelse() will check the
> b_count before calling put_bh(). I think it's okay to replace put_bh()
> without checking the b_count, as we always call put_bh() with get_bh
> ()....but want to confirm with you.
I haven't seen that warning come out in a couple of years.
I guess that during development it would be useful to trap underflows in
fs/buffer.c | 8 ++++++++
include/linux/buffer_head.h | 6 +-----
2 files changed, 9 insertions(+), 5 deletions(-)
diff -puN include/linux/buffer_head.h~put_bh-debug include/linux/buffer_head.h
@@ -232,11 +232,7 @@ static inline void get_bh(struct buffer_
-static inline void put_bh(struct buffer_head *bh)
+void put_bh(struct buffer_head *bh);
static inline void brelse(struct buffer_head *bh)
diff -puN fs/buffer.c~put_bh-debug fs/buffer.c
@@ -47,6 +47,14 @@ static void invalidate_bh_lrus(void);
#define BH_ENTRY(list) list_entry((list), struct buffer_head, b_assoc_buffers)
+void put_bh(struct buffer_head *bh)
+ WARN_ON(atomic_read(&bh->b_count <= 0);
init_buffer(struct buffer_head *bh, bh_end_io_t *handler, void *private)
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