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[dm-devel] Re: [PATCH 2.6.19 5/5] fs: freeze_bdev with semaphore not mutex



On Wednesday, 8 November 2006 16:25, Alasdair G Kergon wrote:
> On Wed, Nov 08, 2006 at 03:43:26PM +0100, Rafael J. Wysocki wrote:
> > Will it be enough to cover the interactions with dm?
>  
> There are cases where you *cannot* freeze the filesystem (unless
> you wait for userspace processes to finish what they are doing) -
> and only dm can tell you that.
> 
> The freeze_filesystems() code ought to do it's best in any given 
> circumstances within the constraints.
> 
> So:
>   Get the filesystem's block device.
>   Check the full tree of devices that that block device depends upon
> and for any device that belongs to device-mapper check if it is suspended.
> If it is, skip the original device.
> 
>   struct mapped_device *dm_get_md(dev_t dev);
>   int dm_suspended(struct mapped_device *md);
>   void dm_put(struct mapped_device *md);
> 
> Handling the tree is the difficult bit, but sysfs could help.
> [You can get the device-mapper dependencies with:
>   struct mapped_device *dm_get_md(dev_t dev);
>   struct dm_table *dm_get_table(struct mapped_device *md);
>   struct list_head *dm_table_get_devices(struct dm_table *t);
>   void dm_table_put(struct dm_table *t);
>   void dm_put(struct mapped_device *md);
> ]
> 
> Consider that you could have an already-frozen filesystem containing a loop
> device containing a device-mapper device containing a not-frozen filesystem.

I think the last point is handled correctly by freezing the filesystems in the
reverse order - unless the fs below the loop has been frozen before by
someone else, but I guess that would lead to problems anyway.

> You won't be able to freeze that top filesystem because the I/O would
> queue lower down the stack.  (Similar problem if the device-mapper device
> in the stack was suspended.)

The suspended dm device in the stack is not, however.

Is there any list of all dm devices in the system?

Rafael


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