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Re: [PATCH] XFS: don't block in xfs_qm_dqflush() during async writeback

To: Dave Chinner <david@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Subject: Re: [PATCH] XFS: don't block in xfs_qm_dqflush() during async writeback
From: Peter Leckie <pleckie@xxxxxxx>
Date: Fri, 10 Oct 2008 11:16:06 +1000
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Dave Chinner wrote:
Normally dquots are written back via delayed write mechanisms.  They
are flushed to their backing buffer by xfssyncd, which is then
pushed out by either AIL or xfsbufd flushing. The flush from the
xfssyncd is supposed to be non-blocking, but xfs_qm_dqflush() always
waits for pinned duots, which means that it will block for the
length of time it takes to do a synchronous log force. This causes
unnecessary extra log I/O to be issued whenever we try to flush a
busy dquot.

Avoid the log forces and blocking xfssyncd by making xfs_qm_dqflush()
pay attention to what type of sync it is doing when it sees a pinned
dquot and not waiting when doing non-blocking flushes.
This patch looks good.

Thanks,
Pete


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