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Re: [dm-devel] [PATCH v2] dm table: do not allow queue limits that will exceed hardware limits



On Fri, Sep 14, 2012 at 04:41:33PM -0400, Mike Snitzer wrote:
> Add a safety net that will establish safe default limits, via
> blk_set_default_limits, in the event that a table temporarily doesn't
> have any component devices.  

Under what circumstances is this a problem?

1) When a table part-way down a stack of devices is reloaded while bios
are already flowing through the upper parts.
- A general problem we're ignoring.

2) When queue_if_no_path is set, i/o is queued, a table is reloaded
with more restrictive limits than the i/o already in the system (that
gets pushed back).

  a) There was not previously a table.
     => Use this patch to fix a better default limit?
        - Needs an explanation why the limit is set in dm rather than block.

  b) There was previously a table.
     => Retain the limits from that previous table as a better estimate
        of what the limits might need to be, on the basis that disappeared
        paths might reappear later.
        - Needs a patch writing to do this.
        - Does userspace need an option to reset this?
          - Does it only apply if there is pushback?
	  - Does it apply in general to all target types if and only if there
            is pushback?
          - Or does it need a userspace flag to control whether or not it happens?

  If queue_if_no_path is NOT set, there is no problem so neither case applies?

Alasdair


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