[OpenWrt-Devel] [PATCH 6/8 v2] ubifs: Use dirty_writeback_interval value for wbuf timer

Linus Walleij linus.walleij at linaro.org
Thu Feb 14 07:49:08 EST 2019

From: Rafał Miłecki <rafal at milecki.pl>

commit 1b7fc2c0069f3864a3dda15430b7aded31c0bfcc upstream.

Right now wbuf timer has hardcoded timeouts and there is no place for
manual adjustments. Some projects / cases many need that though. Few
file systems allow doing that by respecting dirty_writeback_interval
that can be set using sysctl (dirty_writeback_centisecs).

Lowering dirty_writeback_interval could be some way of dealing with user
space apps lacking proper fsyncs. This is definitely *not* a perfect
solution but we don't have ideal (user space) world. There were already
advanced discussions on this matter, mostly when ext4 was introduced and
it wasn't behaving as ext3. Anyway, the final decision was to add some
hacks to the ext4, as trying to fix whole user space or adding new API
was pointless.

We can't (and shouldn't?) just follow ext4. We can't e.g. sync on close
as this would cause too many commits and flash wearing. On the other
hand we still should allow some trade-off between -o sync and default
wbuf timeout. Respecting dirty_writeback_interval should allow some sane
cutomizations if used warily.

Signed-off-by: Rafał Miłecki <rafal at milecki.pl>
Reviewed-by: Boris Brezillon <boris.brezillon at free-electrons.com>
Signed-off-by: Richard Weinberger <richard at nod.at>
- This was applied upstream in v4.10
- Should be applied to stable v4.9.y
 fs/ubifs/io.c    | 8 ++++----
 fs/ubifs/ubifs.h | 4 ----
 2 files changed, 4 insertions(+), 8 deletions(-)

diff --git a/fs/ubifs/io.c b/fs/ubifs/io.c
index 4d6ce4a2a4b6..3be28900bf37 100644
--- a/fs/ubifs/io.c
+++ b/fs/ubifs/io.c
@@ -452,11 +452,11 @@ static enum hrtimer_restart wbuf_timer_callback_nolock(struct hrtimer *timer)
 static void new_wbuf_timer_nolock(struct ubifs_wbuf *wbuf)
-	ktime_t softlimit = ktime_set(WBUF_TIMEOUT_SOFTLIMIT, 0);
-	unsigned long long delta;
+	ktime_t softlimit = ms_to_ktime(dirty_writeback_interval * 10);
+	unsigned long long delta = dirty_writeback_interval;
-	delta *= 1000000000ULL;
+	/* centi to milli, milli to nano, then 10% */
+	delta *= 10ULL * NSEC_PER_MSEC / 10ULL;
 	ubifs_assert(delta <= ULONG_MAX);
diff --git a/fs/ubifs/ubifs.h b/fs/ubifs/ubifs.h
index ade4b3137a1d..b8b18d446a49 100644
--- a/fs/ubifs/ubifs.h
+++ b/fs/ubifs/ubifs.h
@@ -83,10 +83,6 @@
 #define BGT_NAME_PATTERN "ubifs_bgt%d_%d"
-/* Write-buffer synchronization timeout interval in seconds */
 /* Maximum possible inode number (only 32-bit inodes are supported now) */

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