[PATCH 0/6] jbd cleanup

Akinobu Mita mita at miraclelinux.com
Sat Sep 10 14:55:25 UTC 2005

On Fri, Sep 09, 2005 at 02:15:22AM -0700, Andrew Morton wrote:
> Akinobu Mita <mita at miraclelinux.com> wrote:
> >
> > The following 6 patches cleanup the jbd code and kill about 200 lines. 
> >
> Thanks, but I'm not inclined to apply them.
> a) Maybe 70-80% of the Linux world uses this filesystem.  We need to be
>    very cautious in making changes to it.

And we need many eyeballs.
(I've tried to understand how the jbd works several times.
 But I always failed.)

> b) A relatively large number of people are carrying quite large
>    out-of-tree patches, some of which they're hoping to merge sometime. 
>    Admittedly more against ext3 than JBD, but there is potential here to
>    cause those people trouble.
> Plus the switch to list_heads in journal_s has some impact on type safety
> and debuggability - I considered doing it years ago but decided not to
> because I found I _used_ those pointers fairly commonly in development. 
> list_heads are a bit of a pain in gdb (kgdb and kernel core dumps), for
> example.

About the debuggability of list_heads, how about adding the kind of
the following gdb macros in .gdbinit?


define list_entry
	set $ptr=$arg0
	p ($arg1 *)((char *)$ptr - (size_t) &(($arg1 *)0)->$arg2)

define list_entry_s
	set $ptr=$arg0
	p (struct $arg1 *)((char *)$ptr - (size_t) &((struct $arg1 *)0)->$arg2)

define to_journal_head
	list_entry_s $arg0 journal_head b_list

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