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2.6.36 merge window: the sequel

2.6.36 merge window: the sequel

Posted Aug 12, 2010 0:07 UTC (Thu) by viro (subscriber, #7872)
Parent article: 2.6.36 merge window: the sequel

Actually, there's a bit more to ->evict_inode() story: ->drop_inode() has also changed.

Current rules are pretty simple:

1) ->drop_inode() is called when we release the last reference to struct inode. It tells us whether fs wants inode to be evicted (as opposed to retained in inode cache). Doesn't do actual eviction (as it used to), just returns an int. The normal policy is "if it's unhashed or has no links left, evict it now". generic_drop_inode() does these checks. NULL ->drop_inode means that it'll be used. generic_delete_inode() is "just evict it". Or fs can set rules of its own; grep and you'll see.

2) ->delete_inode() and ->clear_inode() are gone; ->evict_inode() is called in all cases when inode (without in-core references to it) is about to be kicked out, no matter why that happens (->drop_inode() telling that it shouldn't be kept around, memory pressure, umount, etc.) It will be called exactly once per inode's lifetime. Once it returns, inode is basically just a piece of memory about to be freed.

3) ->evict_inode() _must_ call end_writeback(inode) at some point. At that point all async access from VFS (writeback, basically) will be completed and inode will be fs's to deal with. That's what calls of clear_inode() in original ->delete_inode() should turn into. Don't dirty an inode past that point; it never worked to start with (writeback logics would've refused to trigger ->write_inode() on such inodes) and now it'll be detected and whined about.

4) kicking the pages out of page cache (== calling truncate_inode_pages()) is up to ->evict_inode() instance; that was already the case for ->delete_inode(), but not for ->clear_inode(). Of course, if fs doesn't use page cache for that inode, it doesn't have to bother. Other than that, ->evict_inode() instance is basically a mix of old ->clear_inode() and ->delete_inode(). inodes with NULL ->evict_inode() behave exactly as ones with NULL ->delete_inode() and NULL ->clear_inode() used to.

That's it. Original was much more convoluted...


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