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[dm-devel] Help tracking down problem --- endless loop in __find_get_block_slow



Hi There

I am trying to develop a device mapper plugin which does transparent block encryption and sector shuffling in the style freebsd does it (GBDE)

Reads are support and working, but have trouble getting writes to work properly.

If I do a simple:

echo "test" > /mnt/test (where /mnt is /dev/mapper/gbde)
sync

it works just fine. If I do

dd if=/dev/zero of=/mnt/testfile count=N, N=1..6 it works fine

But if I do

dd if=/dev/zero of=/mnt/testfile count=N, N>6

I get into an endless loop in __find_get_block_slow. My write path does something like this:

recieve original BIO (eg. size=4096). Split BIO into sectorsize chunks.
map chunks to physical sectors.
encrypt sectors
generate keys
write sectors
update keysectors
... when all sectors are written call bio_endio on the original request.

To awoid allocating alot of pages during writes, I use the mem from the original request to do encryption "inplace". Could that be the cause of my problems? I would clearly like to minimize the need for page allocation in my dm-module, so I hope it isn't.

Whats going on here? Every comments appriciated!

Regards Thomas


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