Re: [PATCH v1 5/7] xfs: Add device retry

From: Bob Liu
Date: Wed Nov 28 2018 - 07:42:15 EST

On 11/28/18 3:35 PM, Christoph Hellwig wrote:
> On Wed, Nov 28, 2018 at 04:08:50PM +1100, Dave Chinner wrote:
>> So the first time through this loop the block layer devices what
>> device to read from, then we iterate devices 1..n on error.
>> Whihc means if device 0 is the only one with good information in it,
>> we may not ever actually read from it.
>> I'd suggest that a hint of "-1" (or equivalent max value) should be
>> used for "device selects mirror leg" rather than 0, so we can
>> actually read from the first device on command.
> Yes. For one thing I think we really need to split this retry counter
> of sorts from the write hints. I.e. make both u8 types and keep them
> separate. Then start out with (u8)-1 as initialized by the block layer
> for the first attempt. The device then fills out which leg it used
> (in the completion path, so that another underlying driver doesn't
> override it!), and then the file system just preserves this value on
> a resumit, leaving the driver to chose a new value when it gets a
> non -1 value.

Will update as suggested, thank you for all your feedback :)