Doubt regarding BIO handling

Gaurav Mahajan gauravmahajan2007 at
Mon Dec 27 14:18:04 EST 2010

Hello all,

Thanks for the information!!!

On Mon, Dec 27, 2010 at 2:37 PM, Prasad Joshi <prasadjoshi124 at> wrote:
> On Mon, Dec 27, 2010 at 6:01 AM, Gaurav Mahajan
> <gauravmahajan2007 at> wrote:
>> Hi all,
>> I have a doubt regarding the handling of bios.
>> Suppose I receive a bio at some layer, and I want to split it into
>> multiple bios. There are layers below the one I am working on and the
>> final I/O operations will be handled by those layers. So, basically ,
>> after some processing, I want to hand over the bio to the lower layer.
>> Now, if I have split the original bio into multiple bios and submitted
>> all the newly formed bios, I shall receive each such bio in the
>> bio->bio_end_io function.
>> Here is it necessary to merge these bios so that the original bio can
>> be formed or is it ok to just split the original bio, receive the
>> requested data in multiple bios and leave it at that ?
> IMHO, you still need to call bio->bio_end_io on the original BIO
> structure. So instead of splitting the original BIO. I think, You
> might want to keep the original BIO as it is. The smaller BIOs need to
> point back to original BIO and once all of the smaller BIOs have been
> serviced. You might want to call bio_end_io() on the original BIO.

I think the method of pointing back to original bio, you wrote here is
about managing bi_idx fields of the split bios and keeping bio_vec
array same for all. Can you please elaborate on this, if I'm wrong?

Also I wanted to split one bvec into two bvecs. So I tried to split it
using bvec's length and offset fields, but I am facing problem in
merging these split bvecs in one. Or there is some other way I can do

I am doubtful whether the pages are allocated for a bio when "read" is
requested or when the actual data is read from disk (at the layer of
I/O scheduler or device driver)?

> Have a look if you can use bi_private field.
>> Looking forward to some help.....
>> Regards,
>> Gaurav
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