On 06/10/11 13:30, Justin T. Gibbs wrote:
> On 6/9/11 9:26 PM, Colin Percival wrote:
>> Has anyone seen anything like this? Is it possible that there's a bug
>> in how our blkfront negotiates the request ring? Does anyone have
>> ring_pages > 1 in use?
> The only backend driver I know of that can support more than one ring page
> is FreeBSD. So, the problem likely is that blkfront is getting the
> negotiation wrong and only 1 page is in use.
Turns out that the linux backend in question really does support multiple pages.
There's also an inconsistency about how multiple rings are negotiated:
* ring-pages to the number of pages blkfront wants to use
* ring-ref to the reference for the first page
* ring-refXX to the references for other pages
while linux sets:
* num-ring-pages to the number of pages blkfront wants to use
* ring-refXX to the page references.
It seems to be impossible to be compatible with both, since Linux interprets
having a value set for ring-ref to indicate that the single-ring protocol is
being used and doesn't check anything else.
Is there any official source which defines the blkback/front protocol? Maybe
the right option is to have a loader tunable dev.xn.linuxback to control which
version of the protocol is used?
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