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From: Joerg.Schilling@fokus.fraunhofer.de (Joerg Schilling)
To: jens.axboe@oracle.com, dougg@torque.net
Cc: stern@rowland.harvard.edu, linux-kernel@vger.kernel.org,
	James.Bottomley@steeleye.com
Subject: Re: [PATCH] Block layer: separate out queue-oriented ioctls
Date: Sun, 18 Feb 2007 13:37:49 +0100	[thread overview]
Message-ID: <45d8489d.1z3gW/oKAYBXy2Ws%Joerg.Schilling@fokus.fraunhofer.de> (raw)
In-Reply-To: <45D7CB46.6060807@torque.net>

Douglas Gilbert <dougg@torque.net> wrote:

> Jens Axboe wrote:
> > On Fri, Feb 16 2007, Alan Stern wrote:
> >> From: James Bottomley <James.Bottomley@SteelEye.com>
> >>
> >> This patch (as854) separates out the two queue-oriented ioctls from
> >> the rest of the block-layer ioctls.  The idea is that they should
> >> apply to any driver using a request_queue, even if the driver doesn't
> >> implement a block-device interface.  The prototypical example is the
> >> sg driver, to which the patch adds the new interface.
> >>
> >> This will make it possible for cdrecord and related programs to
> >> retrieve reliably the max_sectors value, regardless of whether the
> >> user points it to an sr or an sg device.  In particular, this will
> >> resolve Bugzilla entry #7026.
> > 
> > The block bits are fine with me, the sg calling point is a bit of a sore
> > thumb (a char driver calling into block layer ioctls) though. So the
> > block layer bits are certainly ok with me, if Doug acks the sg bit I'll
> > merge everything up.
> > 
> > (patch left below)
>
> Does this need to be in the sg driver?
>
> What is the hardware sector size of a SES or OSD device?
>
> As for the max_sector variable, wouldn't it be better
> to generate a new ioctl that yielded the limit in bytes?
> Making a driver variable that implicitly assumes sectors
> are 512 bytes in length more visible to the user space
> seems like a step in the wrong direction.

This is what I did propose. I know of no SCSI device made since 1986 that
has a "hardware sector size". This is really a DMA size limit in bytes
and if you return the number in an unrelated multiple of a fraction, you
will not be able to use the optmium max transfer size.

> Alternatively the SG_GET_RESERVED_SIZE ioctl could be
> modified to yield no more than max_sectors*512 .

This is what I did propose 3 months ago and already 2 years ago.

Jörg

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  reply	other threads:[~2007-02-18 12:40 UTC|newest]

Thread overview: 17+ messages / expand[flat|nested]  mbox.gz  Atom feed  top
2007-02-16 19:37 Alan Stern
2007-02-17  6:28 ` Jens Axboe
2007-02-17 21:18   ` Joerg Schilling
2007-02-18  3:43   ` Douglas Gilbert
2007-02-18 12:37     ` Joerg Schilling [this message]
2007-02-18 16:44     ` Alan Stern
2007-02-18 18:27       ` Joerg Schilling
2007-02-19 16:06         ` Alan Stern
2007-02-19 16:08           ` Joerg Schilling
2007-02-19 17:06             ` Alan Stern
2007-02-19 22:25               ` Douglas Gilbert
2007-02-20  3:48                 ` Alan Stern
2007-02-20  4:47                   ` Douglas Gilbert
2007-02-20 15:55                     ` Alan Stern
2007-04-26  9:19                 ` Joerg Schilling
2007-04-26 15:04                   ` Alan Stern
2007-04-26 15:08                     ` James Bottomley

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