Re: [PATCH 00/15] xfs: minimize DMAPI footprint
From: Dave Chinner
Date: Tue Jun 29 2010 - 20:20:52 EST
On Tue, Jun 29, 2010 at 03:57:34AM -0400, Christoph Hellwig wrote:
> > SGI has a product that uses the DMAPI support code that's
> > included in mainline XFS, along with some additional code
> > (the "never merged" stuff Christoph refers to) that we
> > maintain separately. To our customers that need it, this
> > is an extremely important feature.
> So why don't you bother to get HSM support upstream properly,
> or at least maintain it somewhere where you can get at it?
> What sourcxe tree do those important customers use it?
> > What follows is a set of patches that I think accomplishes
> > these goals. The net result of these changes is:
> While this is a lot better than the old DMAPI supoort, it's still
> lots of dead code in the mainline tree, that won't ever be used
> there, as proper HSM suport if it ever was merged would sit at
> the VFS layer.
My question about the DMAPI hooks also still stands - if we leave
the hooks in mainline, how are we supposed to test that they are
still placed correctly for the out-of-tree patches to function
correctly? I can't see that we can actually do this, so I question
the value of even leaving minimal hooks in place....
> In addition to that the people who effectively maintain XFS for both
> the community and lots of paying customers have done a large amount
> of work ontop of the DMAPI removal of the last 1 1/2 month. So I'd
> say rebase your changes over
> and keep them in a separate branch dmapi-dev branch where SGI can pull
> the code for it's customers from. This branch could also include the
> actual dmapi code and core kernel modifications, so that people that
> want dmapi support actually have chance to find a complete kernel tree
> for it.
This makes a lot of sense to me. I'd prefer an all-or-nothing
approach to supporting DMAPI (and any other out-of-tree enabling
functionality for that matter) and putting it all in separate
branch would give us both all and nothing. ;)
It would also help us test the DMAPI infrastructure without needing
a HSM as the xfsqa test suite does a pretty good job of testing it.
And, of course, we could also help clean it up if it is testable. As
such, I'd be quite happy to maintain a dmapi-dev branch in the above
repo if the eventual goal is to try to move the code towards being
more acceptible for mainline inclusion....
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