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[Bug 1397061] Re: CONFIG_SCSI_MQ_DEFAULT default changed preventing use of IO schedulers


** Summary changed:

- Kernel Config setting: CONFIG_SCSI_MQ_DEFAULT
+ CONFIG_SCSI_MQ_DEFAULT default changed preventing use of IO schedulers

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  CONFIG_SCSI_MQ_DEFAULT default changed preventing use of IO schedulers

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Bug description:
  In kernel 3.18RC1 this kernel config parameter is: # CONFIG_SCSI_MQ_DEFAULT is not set
  In kernel 3.18RC2 and beyond, the kernel config parameter is: CONFIG_SCSI_MQ_DEFAULT=y

  This results in loss of the ability to set the IO scheduler via

  Now we get:

  doug@s15:~$ cat /sys/block/sda/queue/scheduler

  Where we are used to getting:

  doug@s15:~/temp2$ cat /sys/block/sda/queue/scheduler
  noop [deadline] cfq

  From the add a CONFIG_SCSI_MQ_DEFAULT option commit message:

  > Add a Kconfig option to enable the blk-mq path for SCSI by default
  > to ease testing and deployment in setups that know they benefit
  > from blk-mq.

  How do we know that all systems benifit from blk-mq?

  It seems complicated to have to re-compile the kernel to get the other IO scheduler options back.
  Why isn't this option done similar to the others? I.E.

  doug@s15:~/temp2$ cat /sys/block/sda/queue/scheduler
  noop [deadline] cfq blk-mq

  (and I realize that is actually an upstream question.)

  By the way, my system does seem to benefit from blk-mq, I just didn't
  understand why I couldn't observe and change the IO scheduler anymore,
  and so isolated the change.

  Experimental data:

  Random seeks in a large file:
  blk-mq: 104 seeks per second average
  deadline: 74 seeks per second average
  cfq: 74 seeks per second average
  noop: 74 seeks per second average

  Kernel compile:
  deadline: 23 minutes 37.4 seconds
  blk-mq: 23 minutes 35.4 seconds

  Note 1: Please do not ask for all of my apport stuff, it is not needed for this bug report.
  Note 2: on IRC "apw" asked me to enter this bug report

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