Re: [PATCH v7 22/24] iomap: Convert from readpages to readahead
From: Darrick J. Wong
Date: Fri Feb 21 2020 - 20:00:45 EST
On Thu, Feb 20, 2020 at 08:57:34AM -0800, Matthew Wilcox wrote:
> On Thu, Feb 20, 2020 at 07:49:12AM -0800, Christoph Hellwig wrote:
> > > +/**
> > > + * iomap_readahead - Attempt to read pages from a file.
> > > + * @rac: Describes the pages to be read.
> > > + * @ops: The operations vector for the filesystem.
> > > + *
> > > + * This function is for filesystems to call to implement their readahead
> > > + * address_space operation.
> > > + *
> > > + * Context: The file is pinned by the caller, and the pages to be read are
> > > + * all locked and have an elevated refcount. This function will unlock
> > > + * the pages (once I/O has completed on them, or I/O has been determined to
> > > + * not be necessary). It will also decrease the refcount once the pages
> > > + * have been submitted for I/O. After this point, the page may be removed
> > > + * from the page cache, and should not be referenced.
> > > + */
> > Isn't the context documentation something that belongs into the aop
> > documentation? I've never really seen the value of duplicating this
> > information in method instances, as it is just bound to be out of date
> > rather sooner than later.
> I'm in two minds about it as well. There's definitely no value in
> providing kernel-doc for implementations of a common interface ... so
> rather than fixing the nilfs2 kernel-doc, I just deleted it. But this
> isn't just the implementation, like nilfs2_readahead() is, it's a library
> function for filesystems to call, so it deserves documentation. On the
> other hand, there's no real thought to this on the part of the filesystem;
> the implementation just calls this with the appropriate ops pointer.
> Then again, I kind of feel like we need more documentation of iomap to
> help filesystems convert to using it. But maybe kernel-doc isn't the
> mechanism to provide that.
I think we need more documentation of the parts of iomap where it can
call back into the filesystem (looking at you, iomap_dio_ops).
I'm not opposed to letting this comment stay, though I don't see it as
all that necessary since iomap_readahead implements a callout that's
documented in vfs.rst and is thus subject to all the constraints listed
in the (*readahead) documentation.