Re: [PATCH] i2o_block Fix, possible CFQ elevator problem?

From: Warren Togami
Date: Tue Apr 20 2004 - 03:00:18 EST

Jens Axboe wrote:

Next we tested cfq with the following section of code commented out. With this change the kernel no longer panics and seems to survive with four simultaneous bonnie++'s on all four block devices.

--- cfq-iosched.c 2004-04-20 13:52:55.000000000 -1000
+++ /root/linux-2.6.5-1.326/drivers/block/cfq-iosched.c 2004-04-20 14:09:43.000000000 -1000
@@ -401,10 +401,12 @@
rq = list_entry_rq(cfqd->dispatch->next);

BUG_ON(q->last_merge == rq);
crq = RQ_DATA(rq);
if (crq)

return rq;

This is not safe, the BUG_ON is there for a reason. If the request in on
the merge hash when handed to the driver, you risk corrupting data. The
fix would be figuring out why this is happening. Maybe it's looking at
bad data, could you test with this patch applied and see if the oops
still triggers?

===== drivers/block/cfq-iosched.c 1.1 vs edited =====
--- 1.1/drivers/block/cfq-iosched.c Mon Apr 12 19:55:20 2004
+++ edited/drivers/block/cfq-iosched.c Tue Apr 20 09:07:20 2004
@@ -403,7 +403,7 @@
BUG_ON(q->last_merge == rq);
crq = RQ_DATA(rq);
- if (crq)
+ if (blk_fs_request(rq) && crq)
return rq;

We figured removing error handling was not safe, the previous post was only reporting test results to ask for more suggestions. I have now tested your suggested patch above and it seems to crash in the same way as originally.

This makes me curious, the other elevators lacked this type of error checking. Did this mean they were possibly allowing data corruption to happen with buggy drivers like this? Kind of scary! We were lucky to test this now, because this was one of the first FC kernels that included cfq by default.

Do you have any advice regarding the atomic type removal problem that we experienced from our previous post?

Warren Togami
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