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Re: [dm-devel] multipath-tools causes path to come back as different block device

Hi Hannes,
On Fri, Jul 20, 2007 at 04:40:11PM +0200, Hannes Reinecke wrote:
> Removing from /dev and /sys in not sufficient, sadly.
> The memory is only released after the last reference has gone.
> So all fd's have to be closed (ie multipathd and the path checkers have
> to have this path disabled) and no device-mapper table must reference it.
Knowing this, the problem is much easier to spot...

> So easiest way is infact to have multipathd run with -v 4, as this will
> tell you exactly if multipathd has stopped the path checker.
> The device-mapper tables can be checked manually with dmsetup.
...it's in multpathd/main.c. The sysfs device is already gone when we
get the remove event. This patch makes it obvious:

diff --git a/multipathd/main.c b/multipathd/main.c
index 5f98c33..00890d7 100644
--- a/multipathd/main.c
+++ b/multipathd/main.c
@@ -635,8 +635,10 @@ uev_trigger (struct uevent * uev, void * trigger_data)
 		return 0;
 	sysdev = sysfs_device_get(uev->devpath);
-	if(!sysdev)
-		return 0;	
+	if (!sysdev) {
+		condlog(4, "Devpath '%s' of uevent '%s' vanished", uev->devpath, uev->action);
+		return 0;
+	}

Signed-Off-By: Guido G√ľnther <agx sigxcpu org>

The sysfs device is already gone, so sysfs_device_get returns 0 and we
never call uev_remove_path further down below. The check of the return
value was added by f1b1fca2ccbfd7d58350eb136105fdaf8aa4f59ca, which is
imho correct. Can we expect the sysfs node to stay around long enough? I
don't think so, so should we cache the sysfs_device structures somewhere
to use them on path removal? I could cook up a patch.
 -- Guido

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