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From: Paul Clements <paul.clements@steeleye.com>
To: Pavel Machek <pavel@ucw.cz>
Cc: Andrew Morton <akpm@linux-foundation.org>,
	linux-kernel@vger.kernel.org, nbd-general@lists.sourceforge.net,
	Laurent Vivier <Laurent.Vivier@bull.net>
Subject: Re: [PATCH 1/1] NBD: allow nbd to be used locally
Date: Mon, 10 Mar 2008 13:26:34 -0400	[thread overview]
Message-ID: <47D56F4A.5070208@steeleye.com> (raw)
In-Reply-To: <20080310102917.GA27751@elf.ucw.cz>

Pavel Machek wrote:

>> This patch allows a Network Block Device to be mounted locally (nbd-client 
>> to nbd-server over 127.0.0.1).
>>
>> It creates a kthread to avoid the deadlock described in NBD tools 
>> documentation. So, if nbd-client hangs waiting for pages, the kblockd 
>> thread can continue its work and free pages.
> 
> What happens if your new kthread blocks on memory allocation?

Well, we expect that. The reason for the new thread is so that it hangs, 
rather than kblockd hanging (which on a UP system brings all I/O to a 
halt). As long as kblockd can continue making progress, we eventually 
free up memory and then NBD can finish its requests, too.

--
Paul

  reply	other threads:[~2008-03-10 17:26 UTC|newest]

Thread overview: 6+ messages / expand[flat|nested]  mbox.gz  Atom feed  top
2008-03-09 22:47 Paul Clements
2008-03-10 10:29 ` Pavel Machek
2008-03-10 17:26   ` Paul Clements [this message]
2008-03-11 10:09     ` Pavel Machek
2008-03-24 20:37       ` [Nbd] " Wouter Verhelst
2008-03-24 21:58         ` Pavel Machek

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