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RE: [dm-devel] Re: [PATCH RFC] move scsi parts of dm hw handlerst o scsi layer

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> From: dm-devel-bounces redhat com 
> [mailto:dm-devel-bounces redhat com] On Behalf Of Mike Christie
> Sent: Friday, July 21, 2006 7:50 AM
> To: device-mapper development
> Cc: linux-scsi vger kernel org; agk redhat com
> Subject: Re: [dm-devel] Re: [PATCH RFC] move scsi parts of dm 
> hw handlersto scsi layer
> Hannes Reinecke wrote:
> >> The patch below begins to push the scsi hw handler code down to the
> >> scsi
> >> layer. I only began to covert dm-emc.c and it only hooks in at the
> >> sense
> >> decoding in scsi_error.c. I wanted to make sure I was 
> going about the
> >> module loading and binding correctly. With a new target 
> bus we could
> >> do
> >> some driver model stuff instead, but I was not sure if that was
> >> appropriate for this?
> >>
> > Why don't we use scsi_devinfo for this?
> I was adding my fields when I noticed this comment:
>  * Do not add to this list, use the command line or proc 
> interface to add
>  * to the scsi_dev_info_list. This table will eventually go away.
> > We have to have some sort of device table anyway as these 
> handlers are
> > far from being generic, so any sense code which triggers 
> action on one
> > device might be perfectly ok for others.
> When I was looking for the history of that commet, I thought 
> I read that
> we are supposed to be moving to some userspace approach that 
> pushes that
> info down via some magic interface.
> > 
> > Easiest way would be to have one BLIST flag for each 
> hardware handler
> > and merge the respective hardware handler into that target if the
> > blacklist entry matches.
> > 
> >> Next up would be to get Jens's cmd type tree and work on 
> the message
> >> passing code.
> >>
> >> And this patch currently does not work since I do not have 
> a Clariion
> >> box and I do not know what to match for the {vendor, 
> model} tuple. I
> >> think it was something like DCG or DGC and the model had different
> >> RAID
> >> strings depending on how it was setup and could have some 
> other string
> >> if it did not use RAID. If you have a Clariion or you work 
> for EMC and
> >> happen to know this info could you pass those strings to me?
> >>
> > IIRC this is
> > 
> > 'DGC' 'DISK'
> > 'DGC' 'RAID 10'
> > 'DGC' 'RAID 5'
> Thanks.
> > 
> > Hrmph. There is one bit which doesn't quite work out.
> > While the hardware handler knows how to handle error codes 
> and how to
> > switch
> > paths for a specific device, it doesn't know _when_ to switch it.
> > I don't think it's a clever idea to switch paths whenever 
> you encounter
> > an
> > passive path. Seems like you could do a nice ping-pong that way ...
> This is what we talked about at the bof. It is what the 
> message passing
> cmd type stuff is for.

How would this work?

> The reason I could not do it yet is 
> that I could
> not get Jens's git tree from my hotel.
> dm-multipath still decide when to switch like before, but scsi hw
> handlers will execute the low level details now.

Seems like there is no way to pass to other modules any information
learned by the sense parsing code in the scsi hw handler.  Any code
which must act upon the contents of the sense hdr must be located
in the scsi hw handler.  This can't be desirable.

What about parsing the sense errors into generic error classes and
having the end request stuff making these error classes available
via struct request?

We do need to be more clever about when to activate a target
... and I think doing so requires multipath specific knowledge which
may be better placed in a dm-multipath hw handler than a generic scsi hw
handler.  This code would need to be able to be able to discern a
failure from a retry-later (bypass) case.

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