path: root/block/blk-lib.c
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authorMartin K. Petersen <martin.petersen@oracle.com>2015-01-20 20:06:30 -0500
committerJens Axboe <axboe@fb.com>2015-01-21 10:41:46 -0700
commitd93ba7a5a97c9f315bacdcdb8de4e5f368e7b396 (patch)
tree08ed637d3982f9c87e5334d42e2f7a3670867876 /block/blk-lib.c
parentc6ce194325cef342313e3d27620411ce90a89c50 (diff)
block: Add discard flag to blkdev_issue_zeroout() function
blkdev_issue_discard() will zero a given block range. This is done by way of explicit writing, thus provisioning or allocating the blocks on disk. There are use cases where the desired behavior is to zero the blocks but unprovision them if possible. The blocks must deterministically contain zeroes when they are subsequently read back. This patch adds a flag to blkdev_issue_zeroout() that provides this variant. If the discard flag is set and a block device guarantees discard_zeroes_data we will use REQ_DISCARD to clear the block range. If the device does not support discard_zeroes_data or if the discard request fails we will fall back to first REQ_WRITE_SAME and then a regular REQ_WRITE. Also update the callers of blkdev_issue_zero() to reflect the new flag and make sb_issue_zeroout() prefer the discard approach. Signed-off-by: Martin K. Petersen <martin.petersen@oracle.com> Reviewed-by: Christoph Hellwig <hch@lst.de> Signed-off-by: Jens Axboe <axboe@fb.com>
Diffstat (limited to 'block/blk-lib.c')
1 files changed, 26 insertions, 4 deletions
diff --git a/block/blk-lib.c b/block/blk-lib.c
index 8411be3c19d3..715e948f58a4 100644
--- a/block/blk-lib.c
+++ b/block/blk-lib.c
@@ -283,23 +283,45 @@ static int __blkdev_issue_zeroout(struct block_device *bdev, sector_t sector,
* @sector: start sector
* @nr_sects: number of sectors to write
* @gfp_mask: memory allocation flags (for bio_alloc)
+ * @discard: whether to discard the block range
* Description:
- * Generate and issue number of bios with zerofiled pages.
+ * Zero-fill a block range. If the discard flag is set and the block
+ * device guarantees that subsequent READ operations to the block range
+ * in question will return zeroes, the blocks will be discarded. Should
+ * the discard request fail, if the discard flag is not set, or if
+ * discard_zeroes_data is not supported, this function will resort to
+ * zeroing the blocks manually, thus provisioning (allocating,
+ * anchoring) them. If the block device supports the WRITE SAME command
+ * blkdev_issue_zeroout() will use it to optimize the process of
+ * clearing the block range. Otherwise the zeroing will be performed
+ * using regular WRITE calls.
int blkdev_issue_zeroout(struct block_device *bdev, sector_t sector,
- sector_t nr_sects, gfp_t gfp_mask)
+ sector_t nr_sects, gfp_t gfp_mask, bool discard)
+ struct request_queue *q = bdev_get_queue(bdev);
+ unsigned char bdn[BDEVNAME_SIZE];
+ if (discard && blk_queue_discard(q) && q->limits.discard_zeroes_data) {
+ if (!blkdev_issue_discard(bdev, sector, nr_sects, gfp_mask, 0))
+ return 0;
+ bdevname(bdev, bdn);
+ pr_warn("%s: DISCARD failed. Manually zeroing.\n", bdn);
+ }
if (bdev_write_same(bdev)) {
- unsigned char bdn[BDEVNAME_SIZE];
if (!blkdev_issue_write_same(bdev, sector, nr_sects, gfp_mask,
return 0;
bdevname(bdev, bdn);
- pr_err("%s: WRITE SAME failed. Manually zeroing.\n", bdn);
+ pr_warn("%s: WRITE SAME failed. Manually zeroing.\n", bdn);
return __blkdev_issue_zeroout(bdev, sector, nr_sects, gfp_mask);