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[dm-devel] Re: [PATCH 7/7] scsi_dh: attach to hardware handler from dm-mpath



On Thu, 2008-05-15 at 11:46 +0200, Hannes Reinecke wrote:
> Hi Chandra,
> 
> Chandra Seetharaman wrote:
> > What is the purpose of this feature ?
> > 
> > With dh_state functionality, one could associate a handler to a new
> > device and then if one does "multipath", the hardware handler would be
> > associated with the multipath device. What are we achieving by this ?
> > 
> This allows multipath to override the device tables build into
> the device handler. Reason here is that multipath has a configuration
> file which allows the user to override the build-in defaults.
> And this includes the hardware handler, so we need to make sure that
> the hardware handler is indeed attached.

Hardware handler's existence is currently been verified during parsing
(by doing a request_module() followed by scsi_dh_handler_exist() in
parse_hw_handler()).

Hardware handler module is attached to the device itself (thru
try_module_get() in attach), so, the module will exist as long as the
device exists.

Hence, there is no need to attach it again from the multipath layer.

Or, I am missing something totally :)

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