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[dm-devel] Re: [PATCH 12/30] blk_end_request: changing ub (take 4)



Hi Pete,

On Thu, 13 Dec 2007 13:59:16 -0800, Pete Zaitcev <zaitcev redhat com> wrote:
> > > > -	end_that_request_first(rq, uptodate, rq->hard_nr_sectors);
> > > > -	end_that_request_last(rq, uptodate);
> > > > +	if (__blk_end_request(rq, error, blk_rq_bytes(rq)))
> > > > +		BUG();
> > >
> > > My understanding was, blk_end_request() is the same thing, only
> > > takes the queue lock. But then, should I refactor ub so that it
> > > calls __blk_end_request if request function ends with an error
> > > and blk_end_request if the end-of-IO even is processed?
> >
> > I'm using __blk_end_request() here and I think it's sufficient, because:
> >   o end_that_request_last() must be called with the queue lock held
> >   o ub_end_rq() calls end_that_request_last() without taking
> >     the queue lock in itself.
> >     So the queue lock must have been taken outside ub_end_rq().
> >
> > But, if ub is calling end_that_request_last() without the queue lock,
> > it is a bug in the original code and we should use blk_end_request()
> > to fix that.
> 
> So, I have to rewrite ub to split the paths after all, right?
> Let's do this then: I'll wait until your patch gets to Linus and
> then update it with the split. The reason is, I need the whole
> enchilada applied and I don't want to bother tracking iterations
> and all the little segments (of which you already have 30).
> Until then, ub will have a race by using your original small patch.

No.
Are you doubting that the current ub code has the problem, aren't you?
My patch shouldn't introduce a NEW problem to ub.

I have investigated all code paths which call ub_end_rq() in ub.c,
and confirmed that ub_end_rq() is always called with the queue lock
held.  (sc->lock is registered as a queue lock.)

So there is no such race in the current ub code.
You don't need to rewrite ub.

Thanks,
Kiyoshi Ueda


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