>From 910bf39037168c6d3f62f015af42d227388a01b7 Mon Sep 17 00:00:00 2001
From: Steven Whitehouse <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Thu, 12 Feb 2009 13:31:58 +0000
Subject: [PATCH] GFS2: Add a "demote a glock" interface to sysfs
This adds a sysfs file called demote_rq to GFS2's
per filesystem directory. Its possible to use this
file to demote arbitrary glocks in exactly the same
way as if a request had come in from a remote node.
This is intended for testing issues relating to caching
of data under glocks. Despite that, the interface is
generic enough to send requests to any type of glock,
but be careful as its not always safe to send an
arbitrary message to an arbitrary glock. For that reason
and to prevent DoS, this interface is restricted to root
Which means "please demote inode glock (type 2) number 13324 so that
I can get an EX (exclusive) lock". The lock modes are those which
would normally be sent by a remote node in its callback so if you
want to unlock a glock, you use EX, to demote to shared, use SH or PR
(depending on whether you like GFS2 or DLM lock modes better!).
If the glock doesn't exist, you'll get -ENOENT returned. If the
arguments don't make sense, you'll get -EINVAL returned.
The plan is that this interface will be used in combination with
the blktrace patch which I recently posted for comments although
it is, of course, still useful in its own right.
Signed-off-by: Steven Whitehouse <email@example.com>