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Re: [dm-devel] dm-io async WRITE_SAME results in iSCSI NULL pointer [was: Re: Write same support]



On Mon, Feb 20 2012 at  1:46pm -0500,
Mike Snitzer <snitzer redhat com> wrote:

> I'm adding more debug printks to blk_rq_map_sg() to try to understand
> what is going on... will share more once I have it.

The REQ_WRITE_SAME request, that SCSI is processing on behalf of the
dm_kcopyd_zero() generated bio, has multiple bios (as if merging
occurred).

Curiously, using the dm_kcopyd_zero() interface, I'll see repeat calls
to elv_rq_merge_ok() for a bio with a given bi_sector:

           <...>-10    [000]  6047.137941: elv_rq_merge_ok: WRITE_SAME bio bi_sector=5214336
           <...>-10    [000]  6047.137942: elv_rq_merge_ok: WRITE_SAME bio bi_sector=5214336
           <...>-10    [000]  6047.137942: elv_rq_merge_ok: WRITE_SAME bio bi_sector=5214336
           <...>-10    [000]  6047.137943: elv_rq_merge_ok: WRITE_SAME bio bi_sector=5214336
           <...>-10    [000]  6047.137943: elv_rq_merge_ok: WRITE_SAME bio bi_sector=5214336
           <...>-10    [000]  6047.137944: elv_rq_merge_ok: WRITE_SAME bio bi_sector=5214336
           <...>-10    [000]  6047.137944: elv_rq_merge_ok: WRITE_SAME bio bi_sector=5214336
           <...>-10    [000]  6047.137945: elv_rq_merge_ok: WRITE_SAME bio bi_sector=5214336

           <...>-10    [000]  6047.137958: elv_rq_merge_ok: WRITE_SAME bio bi_sector=5214464
           <...>-10    [000]  6047.137959: elv_rq_merge_ok: WRITE_SAME bio bi_sector=5214464
           <...>-10    [000]  6047.137959: elv_rq_merge_ok: WRITE_SAME bio bi_sector=5214464
           <...>-10    [000]  6047.137960: elv_rq_merge_ok: WRITE_SAME bio bi_sector=5214464
           <...>-10    [000]  6047.137960: elv_rq_merge_ok: WRITE_SAME bio bi_sector=5214464
           <...>-10    [000]  6047.137961: elv_rq_merge_ok: WRITE_SAME bio bi_sector=5214464
           <...>-10    [000]  6047.137961: elv_rq_merge_ok: WRITE_SAME bio bi_sector=5214464
           <...>-10    [000]  6047.137962: elv_rq_merge_ok: WRITE_SAME bio bi_sector=5214464
           <...>-10    [000]  6047.137963: elv_rq_merge_ok: WRITE_SAME bio bi_sector=5214464

So something in the dm-kcopyd and dm-io bio submission path is causing
multiple calls to elv_rq_merge_ok() for the _same_ bio, really quite
bizarre!

If I use the bdev_write_same() interface I only get one elv_rq_merge_ok
for a given bi_sector:

           <...>-2088  [001] 10430.160868: elv_rq_merge_ok: WRITE_SAME bio bi_sector=4652928
           <...>-1990  [001] 10432.565862: elv_rq_merge_ok: WRITE_SAME bio bi_sector=6659456
           <...>-1990  [001] 10434.050269: elv_rq_merge_ok: WRITE_SAME bio bi_sector=6667904
           <...>-1990  [001] 10434.238763: elv_rq_merge_ok: WRITE_SAME bio bi_sector=6668032
           <...>-1990  [001] 10435.852311: elv_rq_merge_ok: WRITE_SAME bio bi_sector=6668160
           <...>-1990  [001] 10437.730371: elv_rq_merge_ok: WRITE_SAME bio bi_sector=6668288
           <...>-1990  [001] 10438.275437: elv_rq_merge_ok: WRITE_SAME bio bi_sector=6668416
           <...>-1990  [001] 10439.737049: elv_rq_merge_ok: WRITE_SAME bio bi_sector=6668544
           <...>-1990  [001] 10440.100221: elv_rq_merge_ok: WRITE_SAME bio bi_sector=6668672
           <...>-1990  [001] 10441.987857: elv_rq_merge_ok: WRITE_SAME bio bi_sector=6668800
           <...>-1990  [001] 10443.875244: elv_rq_merge_ok: WRITE_SAME bio bi_sector=6668928

And as if the above wasn't weird enough, I can avoid the scatter-gather
NULL pointer (in libiscsi_tcp when using the dm_kcopyd_zero() interface)
if I switch elv_rq_merge_ok() to checking the rq->cmd_flags for
REQ_WRITE_SAME, rather than checking the request's first bio's bi_rw:

        /*
         * Don't merge write same requests
         */
-       if ((bio->bi_rw & REQ_WRITE_SAME) || (rq->bio->bi_rw & REQ_WRITE_SAME))
+       if ((bio->bi_rw & REQ_WRITE_SAME) || (rq->cmd_flags & REQ_WRITE_SAME))
                return 0;

That would seem to imply to me that some WRITE SAME bios are losing the
REQ_WRITE_SAME flag in bio->bi_rw!? (or there is some other un-guarded
merge point -- also associated with the issue above).

(It at least starts to explain why I was seeing 512b sg segments at the
end of a WRITE's sg list with 4096b segments... but I still have
unanswered questions I need to sort out).


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