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From: Nick Piggin <npiggin@suse.de>
To: Nate Diller <nate.diller@gmail.com>
Cc: Christoph Hellwig <hch@infradead.org>,
	Linux Filesystems <linux-fsdevel@vger.kernel.org>,
	Linux Kernel <linux-kernel@vger.kernel.org>,
	Andrew Morton <akpm@linux-foundation.org>
Subject: Re: [patch 1/3] fs: add an iovec iterator
Date: Fri, 9 Feb 2007 04:31:33 +0100	[thread overview]
Message-ID: <20070209033133.GA18400@wotan.suse.de> (raw)
In-Reply-To: <5c49b0ed0702081803o6d2ba99ct5703f76465c524f4@mail.gmail.com>

On Thu, Feb 08, 2007 at 06:03:50PM -0800, Nate Diller wrote:
> On 2/8/07, Nick Piggin <npiggin@suse.de> wrote:
> >On Thu, Feb 08, 2007 at 07:49:53PM +0000, Christoph Hellwig wrote:
> >> On Thu, Feb 08, 2007 at 02:07:24PM +0100, Nick Piggin wrote:
> >> > Add an iterator data structure to operate over an iovec. Add usercopy
> >> > operators needed by generic_file_buffered_write, and convert that 
> >function
> >> > over.
> >>
> >> iovec_iterator is an awfully long and not very descriptive name.
> >> In past discussions we named this thingy iodesc and wanted to pass it
> >> down all the I/O path, including the file operations.
> >
> >Hi Christoph,
> >
> >Sure I think it would be a good idea to shorten the name. And yes, although
> >I just construct the iterator to pass into perform_write, I think it should
> >make sense to go much further up the call stack instead of passing all 
> >those
> >args around. iodesc seems like a fine name, so I'll use that unless
> >anyone objects.
> 
> i had a patch integrating the iodesc idea, but after some thought, had
> decided to call it struct file_io.  That name reflects the fact that
> it's doing I/O in arbitrary lengths with byte offsets, and struct
> file_io *fio contrasts well with struct bio (block_io).  I also had
> used the field ->nbytes instead of ->count, to clarify the difference
> between segment iterators, segment offsets, and absolute bytecount.

The field name is a good suggestion.

What I have there is not actually a full-blown file io descriptor, because
there is no file or offset. It is just an iovec iterator (so maybe I should
rename it to iov_iter, rather than iodesc). 

I think it might be a nice idea to keep this iov_iter as a standalone
structure, and it could be embedded into a struct file_io?

Thanks,
Nick

  reply	other threads:[~2007-02-09  3:31 UTC|newest]

Thread overview: 34+ messages / expand[flat|nested]  mbox.gz  Atom feed  top
2007-02-08 13:07 [rfc][patch 0/3] a faster buffered write deadlock fix? Nick Piggin
2007-02-08 13:07 ` [patch 1/3] fs: add an iovec iterator Nick Piggin
2007-02-08 19:49   ` Christoph Hellwig
2007-02-09  1:46     ` Nick Piggin
2007-02-09  2:03       ` Nate Diller
2007-02-09  3:31         ` Nick Piggin [this message]
2007-02-09 17:28           ` Zach Brown
2007-03-09 10:40         ` Christoph Hellwig
2007-02-08 23:04   ` Mark Fasheh
2007-02-08 13:07 ` [patch 2/3] fs: introduce perform_write aop Nick Piggin
2007-03-09 10:39   ` Christoph Hellwig
2007-03-09 12:52     ` Nick Piggin
2007-03-09 22:01       ` Anton Altaparmakov
2007-03-09 23:33     ` Mark Fasheh
2007-03-10  9:25       ` Christoph Hellwig
2007-03-12  2:13         ` Mark Fasheh
2007-03-14 13:30         ` Nick Piggin
2007-03-14 15:17           ` Christoph Hellwig
2007-02-08 13:07 ` [patch 3/3] ext2: use " Nick Piggin
2007-02-08 14:47   ` Dmitriy Monakhov
2007-02-09 19:14   ` Andrew Morton
2007-02-09 19:45     ` Andrew Morton
2007-02-10  1:34       ` Nick Piggin
2007-02-10  1:50         ` Andrew Morton
2007-02-09  0:38 ` [rfc][patch 0/3] a faster buffered write deadlock fix? Mark Fasheh
2007-02-09  2:04   ` Nick Piggin
2007-02-09  8:41 ` Andrew Morton
2007-02-09  9:54   ` Nick Piggin
2007-02-09 10:09     ` Andrew Morton
2007-02-09 10:32       ` Nick Piggin
2007-02-09 10:52         ` Andrew Morton
2007-02-09 11:31           ` Nick Piggin
2007-02-09 11:46             ` Andrew Morton
2007-02-09 12:11               ` Nick Piggin

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