Re: [PATCH 07/11] vfs: add nowait parameter for file_accessed()

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On 9/3/23 23:30, Dave Chinner wrote:
On Wed, Aug 30, 2023 at 02:11:31PM +0800, Hao Xu wrote:
On 8/29/23 19:53, Matthew Wilcox wrote:
On Tue, Aug 29, 2023 at 03:46:13PM +0800, Hao Xu wrote:
On 8/28/23 05:32, Matthew Wilcox wrote:
On Sun, Aug 27, 2023 at 09:28:31PM +0800, Hao Xu wrote:
From: Hao Xu <howeyxu@xxxxxxxxxxx>

Add a boolean parameter for file_accessed() to support nowait semantics.
Currently it is true only with io_uring as its initial caller.

So why do we need to do this as part of this series?  Apparently it
hasn't caused any problems for filemap_read().

We need this parameter to indicate if nowait semantics should be enforced in
touch_atime(), There are locks and maybe IOs in it.

That's not my point.  We currently call file_accessed() and
touch_atime() for nowait reads and nowait writes.  You haven't done
anything to fix those.

I suspect you can trim this patchset down significantly by avoiding
fixing the file_accessed() problem.  And then come back with a later
patchset that fixes it for all nowait i/o.  Or do a separate prep series

I'm ok to do that.

first that fixes it for the existing nowait users, and then a second
series to do all the directory stuff.

I'd do the first thing.  Just ignore the problem.  Directory atime
updates cause I/O so rarely that you can afford to ignore it.  Almost
everyone uses relatime or nodiratime.

Hi Matthew,
The previous discussion shows this does cause issues in real

Then separate it out into it's own patch set so we can have a
discussion on the merits of requiring using noatime, relatime or
lazytime for really latency sensitive IO applications. Changing code
is not always the right solution...

Separation sounds reasonable, but it can hardly be said that only
latency sensitive apps would care about >1s nowait/async submission
delays. Presumably, btrfs can improve on that, but it still looks
like it's perfectly legit for filesystems do heavy stuff in
timestamping like waiting for IO. Right?

Pavel Begunkov

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