Re: Putrid Elevator Behavior 2.4.18/19

Jens Axboe (
Wed, 27 Mar 2002 08:03:25 +0100

On Tue, Mar 26 2002, Jeff V. Merkey wrote:
> >
> > That's good news.
> >
> > Are you still working on the A/B list patch? I'd imagine that it could make
> > several problems easier to fix in the block layer.
> >
> Yes. I am asking Darren Major, who wrote the A/B implementation
> in NetWare to review the patch before we submit it. It may affect
> some drivers. We are verifying that the change I instrumented
> will not break anything.

I'm curious how you are doing this cleanly in 2.4. There are lots of
places in the kernel that do direct list management on the queue_head.
Are you adding two separate hidden lists and splicing content to the

2.5 has this done much more cleanly (of course I'm very biased). See the
deadline I/O scheduler patch I've posted before, stuff like this can be
done a lot cleaner there. Internal I/O scheduler structures are
completely hidden from drivers.

Jens Axboe

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