Re: [RFC PATCH 2/2] dm: only initialize full request_queue for request-baseddevice

From: Kiyoshi Ueda
Date: Tue May 18 2010 - 04:35:48 EST

Hi Mike,

On 05/18/2010 02:27 AM +0900, Mike Snitzer wrote:
> Kiyoshi Ueda <k-ueda@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
>> On 05/14/2010 11:08 PM +0900, Mike Snitzer wrote:
>>> Kiyoshi Ueda <k-ueda@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
>>>> On 05/13/2010 12:57 PM +0900, Mike Snitzer wrote:
>>>>> Kiyoshi Ueda <k-ueda@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
>>>>>> On 05/11/2010 10:15 PM +0900, Mike Snitzer wrote:
>>>>>>> It is clear we need to resolve the current full request_queue
>>>>>>> initialization that occurs even for bio-based DM devices.
>>>>>>> I believe the 2 patches I posted accomplish this in a stright-forward
>>>>>>> way. We can always improve on it (by looking at what you proposed
>>>>>>> below) but we need a minimlaist fix that doesn't depend on userspace
>>>>>>> LVM2 changes right now.
>>>>>> Humm, OK.
>>>>>> Indeed, showing iosched directory in bio-based device's sysfs is
>>>>>> confusing users actually, and we need something to resolve that soon.
>>>>>> So I don't strongly object to your approach as the first step, as long
>>>>>> as we can accept the risk of the maintenance cost which I mentioned.
>>>>> OK, I understand your concern (especially after having gone through this
>>>>> further over the past couple days). I'm hopeful maintenance will be
>>>>> minimal.
>> snip
>>>> I feel your patch-set is growing and becoming complex fix rather than
>>>> minimalist/simple fix.
>>>> I think touching mapped_device/queue at table loading time makes
>>>> things complex. It is natural that table's arguments are reflected
>>>> to mapped_device/queue at table binding time instead.
>>> Seems the numerous patches I've posted over the past couple days have
>>> given a false impression. But I do understand your concern.
>>> The longer-term direction you want to take DM (known type during
>>> alloc_dev) illustrates that we share a common goal: only do the precise
>>> work that is needed to initialize the request_queue for a DM device
>>> (whether it is bio-based or request-based).
>>> My changes do accomplish that in the near-term without requiring
>>> userspace change. Many of my proposed changes are just refactoring
>>> existing code to clearly split out what is needed for request-based vs
>>> bio-based.
>> As far as I understand, the current model of device-mapper is:
>> - a table (precisely, a target) has various attributes,
>> bio-based/request-based is one of such attributes
>> - a table and its attributes are bound to the block device on resume
>> If we want to fix a problem, I think we should either work based on
>> this model or change the model.
>> Your patch makes that loading table affects the block device, so you
>> are changing the model.
>> If you change the model, it should be done carefully.
>> For example, the current model allows most of the table loading code
>> to run without exclusive lock on the device because it doesn't affect
>> the device itself. If you change this model, table loading needs to
>> be serialized with appropriate locking.
> Nice catch, yes md->queue needs protection (see patch below).

Not enough. (See drivers/md/dm-ioctl.c:table_load().)
Table load sequence is:
1. populate table
2. set the table to ->new_map of the hash_cell for the mapped_device
in protection by _hash_lock.

Since your fix only serializes the step 1, concurrent table loading
could end up with inconsistent status; e.g. request-based table is
bound to the mapped_device while the queue is initialized as bio-based.
With your new model, those 2 steps above must be atomic.

Kiyoshi Ueda
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