Re: [PATCH 6/7] PCI: Make sure VF's driver get attached after PF's

From: Alexander Duyck
Date: Tue May 21 2013 - 18:01:16 EST

On 05/21/2013 02:49 PM, Michael S. Tsirkin wrote:
> On Tue, May 21, 2013 at 05:30:32PM -0400, Don Dutile wrote:
>> On 05/14/2013 05:39 PM, Alexander Duyck wrote:
>>> On 05/14/2013 12:59 PM, Yinghai Lu wrote:
>>>> On Tue, May 14, 2013 at 12:45 PM, Alexander Duyck
>>>> <alexander.h.duyck@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
>>>>> On 05/14/2013 11:44 AM, Yinghai Lu wrote:
>>>>>> On Tue, May 14, 2013 at 9:00 AM, Alexander Duyck
>>>>>> <alexander.h.duyck@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
>>>>>>> I'm sorry, but what is the point of this patch? With device assignment
>>>>>>> it is always possible to have VFs loaded and the PF driver unloaded
>>>>>>> since you cannot remove the VFs if they are assigned to a VM.
>>>>>> unload PF driver will not call pci_disable_sriov?
>>>>> You cannot call pci_disable_sriov because you will panic all of the
>>>>> guests that have devices assigned.
>>>> ixgbe_remove did call pci_disable_sriov...
>>>> for guest panic, that is another problem.
>>>> just like you pci passthrough with real pci device and hotremove the
>>>> card in host.
>>>> ...
>>> I suggest you take another look. In ixgbe_disable_sriov, which is the
>>> function that is called we do a check for assigned VFs. If they are
>>> assigned then we do not call pci_disable_sriov.
>>>>> So how does your patch actually fix this problem? It seems like it is
>>>>> just avoiding it.
>>>> yes, until the first one is done.
>>> Avoiding the issue doesn't fix the underlying problem and instead you
>>> are likely just introducing more bugs as a result.
>>>>> From what I can tell your problem is originating in pci_call_probe. I
>>>>> believe it is calling work_on_cpu and that doesn't seem correct since
>>>>> the work should be taking place on a CPU already local to the PF. You
>>>>> might want to look there to see why you are trying to schedule work on a
>>>>> CPU which should be perfectly fine for you to already be doing your work on.
>>>> it always try to go with local cpu with same pxm.
>>> The problem is we really shouldn't be calling work_for_cpu in this case
>>> since we are already on the correct CPU. What probably should be
>>> happening is that pci_call_probe should be doing a check to see if the
>>> current CPU is already contained within the device node map and if so
>>> just call local_pci_probe directly. That way you can avoid deadlocking
>>> the system by trying to flush the CPU queue of the CPU you are currently on.
>> That's the patch that Michael Tsirkin posted for a fix,
>> but it was noted that if you have the case where the _same_ driver is used for vf & pf,
>> other deadlocks may occur.
>> It would work in the case of ixgbe/ixgbevf, but not for something like
>> the Mellanox pf/vf driver (which is the same).
> I think our conclusion was this is a false positive for Mellanox.
> If not, we need to understand what the deadlock is better.

As I understand the issue, the problem is not a deadlock for Mellanox
(At least with either your patch or mine applied), the issue is that the
PF is not ready to handle VFs when pci_enable_sriov is called due to
some firmware issues.



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