[PATCH v4 0/2] loop: Better discard for block devices

From: Evan Green
Date: Thu May 02 2019 - 13:44:38 EST

This series addresses some errors seen when using the loop
device directly backed by a block device. The first change plumbs
out the correct error message, and the second change prevents the
error from occurring in many cases.

The errors look like this:
[ 90.880875] print_req_error: I/O error, dev loop5, sector 0

The errors occur when trying to do a discard or write zeroes operation
on a loop device backed by a block device that does not support write zeroes.
Firstly, the error itself is incorrectly reported as I/O error, but is
actually EOPNOTSUPP. The first patch plumbs out EOPNOTSUPP to properly
report the error.

The second patch prevents these errors from occurring by mirroring the
zeroing capabilities of the underlying block device into the loop device.
Before this change, discard was always reported as being supported, and
the loop device simply turns around and does an fallocate operation on the
backing device. After this change, backing block devices that do support
zeroing will continue to work as before, and continue to get all the
benefits of doing that. Backing devices that do not support zeroing will
fail earlier, avoiding hitting the loop device at all and ultimately
avoiding this error in the logs.

I can also confirm that this fixes test block/003 in the blktests, when
running blktests on a loop device backed by a block device.

Changes in v4:
- Mirror blkdev's write_zeroes into loopdev's discard_sectors.

Changes in v3:
- Updated tags
- Updated commit description

Changes in v2:
- Unnested error if statement (Bart)

Evan Green (2):
loop: Report EOPNOTSUPP properly
loop: Better discard support for block devices

drivers/block/loop.c | 66 +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++---------------
1 file changed, 44 insertions(+), 22 deletions(-)