blk_start_plug (9) - Linux Man Pages

blk_start_plug: initialize blk_plug and track it inside the task_struct

NAME

blk_start_plug - initialize blk_plug and track it inside the task_struct

SYNOPSIS

void blk_start_plug(struct blk_plug plug);

ARGUMENTS

plug

The struct blk_plug that needs to be initialized

DESCRIPTION

Tracking blk_plug inside the task_struct will help with auto-flushing the pending I/O should the task end up blocking between blk_start_plug and blk_finish_plug. This is important from a performance perspective, but also ensures that we don't deadlock. For instance, if the task is blocking for a memory allocation, memory reclaim could end up wanting to free a page belonging to that request that is currently residing in our private plug. By flushing the pending I/O when the process goes to sleep, we avoid this kind of deadlock.

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