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[dm-devel] Re: [PATCH 0/3] freeze feature ver 1.9



Hi,

I sent the latest patch-set of the freeze feature (ver 1.9)
as the following mail.
The points are:
- When multiple freeze requests arrive simultaneously, only the last
  unfreeze process should unfreeze the frozen filesystem actually.
  So I added the reference counter to the freeze feature.
- I left the timeout feature in my patch-set because we need it for
  the case someone dirties so much data that the freeze process is
  swapped out.

Any comments?

>When multiple freeze requests arrive simultaneously, only the last
>unfreeze process should unfreeze the frozen filesystem actually
>(as Dave Chinner, Eric Sandeen and Alasdair G Kergon commented).
>So I've added the reference counter to the freeze feature.
>It counts up in freeze_bdev() and counts down in thaw_bdev().
>When it becomes "0", thaw_bdev() will unfreeze actually.
>
>The following regular cases have worked correctly.
>
>A)
>1. dmsetup suspend
>2. FIFREEZE
>3. FITHAW
>4. dmsetup resume
>B)
>1. FIFREEZE
>2. dmsetup suspend
>3. dmsetup resume
>4. FITHAW
>
>But in the following case, the last FITHAW has been frozen
>for writing the super block because device-mapper layer is still frozen.
>It's a irregular case (app's bug) and the next "dmsetup resume"
>can solve it.  So I don't think it is a problem.
>C)
>1. dmsetup suspend
>2. FIFREEZE
>3. FITHAW
>4. FITHAW<- The thaw process was frozen.
>
>In my previous mail, I have mentioned considering removing the timeout
>feature.  But I leave it in my patch-set because we need it for the case
>someone dirties so much data that the freeze process is swapped out
>(as some people said).
>
>Currently, ext3 in mainline Linux doesn't have the freeze feature which
>suspends write requests.  So, we cannot take a backup which keeps
>the filesystem's consistency with the storage device's features
>(snapshot and replication) while it is mounted.
>In many case, a commercial filesystem (e.g. VxFS) has
>the freeze feature and it would be used to get the consistent backup.
>If Linux's standard filesytem ext3 has the freeze feature, we can do it
>without a commercial filesystem.
>
>So I have implemented the ioctls of the freeze feature.
>I think we can take the consistent backup with the following steps.
>1. Freeze the filesystem with the freeze ioctl.
>2. Separate the replication volume or create the snapshot
>   with the storage device's feature.
>3. Unfreeze the filesystem with the unfreeze ioctl.
>4. Take the backup from the separated replication volume
>   or the snapshot.
>
>[PATCH 1/3] Implement generic freeze feature
>  I have modified to set the suitable error number (EOPNOTSUPP)
>  in case the filesystem doesn't support the freeze feature.
>
>  The ioctls for the generic freeze feature are below.
>  o Freeze the filesystem
>    int ioctl(int fd, int FIFREEZE, arg)
>      fd: The file descriptor of the mountpoint
>      FIFREEZE: request code for the freeze
>      arg: Ignored
>      Return value: 0 if the operation succeeds. Otherwise, -1
>
>  o Unfreeze the filesystem
>    int ioctl(int fd, int FITHAW, arg)
>      fd: The file descriptor of the mountpoint
>      FITHAW: request code for unfreeze
>      arg: Ignored
>      Return value: 0 if the operation succeeds. Otherwise, -1
>
>[PATCH 2/3] Remove XFS specific ioctl interfaces for freeze feature
>  It removes XFS specific ioctl interfaces and request codes
>  for freeze feature.
>  This patch has been supplied by David Chinner.
>
>[PATCH 3/3] Add timeout feature
>  The timeout feature is added to freeze ioctl.  And new ioctl
>  to reset the timeout period is added.
>  o Freeze the filesystem
>    int ioctl(int fd, int FIFREEZE, long *timeout_sec)
>      fd: The file descriptor of the mountpoint
>      FIFREEZE: request code for the freeze
>      timeout_sec: the timeout period in seconds
>               If it's 0 or 1, the timeout isn't set.
>               This special case of "1" is implemented to keep
>               the compatibility with XFS applications.
>      Return value: 0 if the operation succeeds. Otherwise, -1
>
>  o Reset the timeout period
>    This is useful for the application to set the timeout_sec more accurately.
>    For example, the freezer resets the timeout_sec to 10 seconds every 5
>    seconds.  In this approach, even if the freezer causes a deadlock
>    by accessing the frozen filesystem, it will be solved by the timeout
>    in 10 seconds and the freezer can recognize that at the next reset
>    of timeout_sec.
>    int ioctl(int fd, int FIFREEZE_RESET_TIMEOUT, long *timeout_sec)
>      fd:file descriptor of mountpoint
>      FIFREEZE_RESET_TIMEOUT: request code for reset of timeout period
>      timeout_sec: new timeout period in seconds
>      Return value: 0 if the operation succeeds. Otherwise, -1
>      Error number: If the filesystem has already been unfrozen,
>                    errno is set to EINVAL.
>
>Any comments are very welcome.
>
>Cheers, Takashi


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