On Wed, Aug 28, 2019 at 05:04:11PM -0700, Dan Williams wrote:
On Wed, Aug 28, 2019 at 3:53 PM Dave Chinner
> On Wed, Aug 28, 2019 at 01:58:43PM -0400, Vivek Goyal wrote:
> > On Tue, Aug 27, 2019 at 11:58:09PM -0700, Christoph Hellwig wrote:
> > > On Tue, Aug 27, 2019 at 12:38:28PM -0400, Vivek Goyal wrote:
> > > > > For bdev_dax_pgoff
> > > > > I'd much rather have the partition offset if there is on in
> > > > > somehow so that we can get rid of the block device entirely.
> > > >
> > > > IIUC, there is one block_device per partition while there is only
> > > > dax_device for the whole disk. So we can't directly move bdev
> > > > offset into dax_device.
> > >
> > > Well, then we need to find a way to get partitions for dax devices,
> > > as we really should not expect a block device hiding behind a dax
> > > dev. That is just a weird legacy assumption - block device need to
> > > layer on top of the dax device optionally.
> > >
> > > >
> > > > We probably could put this in "iomap" and leave it to
> > > > report offset into dax_dev in iomap that way dax generic code does
> > > > have to deal with it. But that probably will be a bigger change.
> > >
> > > And where would the file system get that information from?
> > File system knows about block device, can it just call get_start_sect()
> > while filling iomap->addr. And this means we don't have to have
> > parition information in dax device. Will something like following work?
> > (Just a proof of concept patch).
> > ---
> > drivers/dax/super.c | 11 +++++++++++
> > fs/dax.c | 6 +++---
> > fs/ext4/inode.c | 6 +++++-
> > include/linux/dax.h | 1 +
> > 4 files changed, 20 insertions(+), 4 deletions(-)
> > Index: rhvgoyal-linux/fs/ext4/inode.c
> > ===================================================================
> > --- rhvgoyal-linux.orig/fs/ext4/inode.c 2019-08-28 13:51:16.051937204
> > +++ rhvgoyal-linux/fs/ext4/inode.c 2019-08-28 13:51:44.453937204 -0400
> > @@ -3589,7 +3589,11 @@ retry:
> > WARN_ON_ONCE(1);
> > return -EIO;
> > }
> > - iomap->addr = (u64)map.m_pblk << blkbits;
> > + if (IS_DAX(inode))
> > + iomap->addr = ((u64)map.m_pblk << blkbits) +
> > + (get_start_sect(iomap->bdev) * 512);
> > + else
> > + iomap->addr = (u64)map.m_pblk << blkbits;
> I'm not a fan of returning a physical device sector address from an
> interface where ever other user/caller expects this address to be a
> logical block address into the block device. It creates a landmine
> in the iomap API that callers may not be aware of and that's going
> to cause bugs. We're trying really hard to keep special case hacks
> like this out of the iomap infrastructure, so on those grounds alone
> I'd suggest this is a dead end approach.
> Hence I think that if the dax device needs a physical offset from
> the start of the block device the filesystem sits on, it should be
> set up at dax device instantiation time and so the filesystem/bdev
> never needs to be queried again for this information.
Agree. In retrospect it was my laziness in the dax-device
implementation to expect the block-device to be available.
It looks like fs_dax_get_by_bdev() is an intercept point where a
dax_device could be dynamically created to represent the subset range
indicated by the block-device partition. That would open up more
After a long time I got time to look at it again. Want to work on this
cleanup so that I can make progress with virtiofs DAX paches.
I am not sure I understand the requirements fully. I see that right now
dax_device is created per device and all block partitions refer to it. If
we want to create one dax_device per partition, then it looks like this
will be structured more along the lines how block layer handles disk and
partitions. (One gendisk for disk and block_devices for partitions,
including partition 0). That probably means state belong to whole device
will be in common structure say dax_device_common, and per partition state
will be in dax_device and dax_device can carry a pointer to
I am also not sure what does it mean to partition dax devices. How will
partitions be exported to user space.