Re: [PATCH] aio: Support read/write with non-iter file-ops

From: Bjorn Andersson
Date: Thu Jul 18 2019 - 19:43:58 EST

On Thu 18 Jul 16:17 PDT 2019, Al Viro wrote:

> On Thu, Jul 18, 2019 at 04:10:54PM -0700, Bjorn Andersson wrote:
> > Implement a wrapper for aio_read()/write() to allow async IO on files
> > not implementing the iter version of read/write, such as sysfs. This
> > mimics how readv/writev uses non-iter ops in do_loop_readv_writev().
> IDGI. How would that IO manage to be async? And what's the point
> using aio in such situations in the first place?

The point is that an application using aio to submit io operations on a
set of files, can use the same mechanism to read/write files that
happens to be implemented by driver only implementing read/write (not
read_iter/write_iter) in the registered file_operations struct, such as

In this particular case I have a sysfs file that is accessing hardware
and hence will block for a while and using this patch I can io_submit()
a write and handle the completion of this in my normal event loop.

Each individual io operation will be just as synchronous as the current
iter-based mechanism - for the drivers that implement that.