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Re: [dm-devel] Re: [PATCH 3/3] Add timeout feature

Hi Christoph and Alasdair,

On Tue, Jul 01, 2008 at 04:10:26AM -0400, Christoph Hellwig wrote:
I still disagree with this whole patch.

Same here - if you want a timeout, what stops you from implementing it in a
userspace process?  If your concern is that the process might die without
thawing the filesystem, take a look at the userspace LVM/multipath code for
ideas - lock into memory, disable OOM killer, run from ramdisk etc.
In practice, those techniques seem to be good enough.

If the freezer accesses the frozen filesystem and causes a deadlock,
the above ideas can't solve it.  The timeout is useful to solve such a deadlock.
If you don't need the timeout, you can disable it by specifying "0" as the
timeout period.

Similarly if a device-mapper device is involved, how should the following
sequence behave - A, B or C?

1. dmsetup suspend (freezes)
4. dmsetup resume (thaws)
 1 succeeds, freezes
 2 fails, remains frozen
 3 fails (because device-mapper owns the freeze/thaw), remains frozen
 4 succeeds, thaws

I think C is appropriate and the following change makes it possible.
How do you think?

1. Add the new bit flag(BD_FREEZE_DM) in block_device.bd_state.
  It means that the volume is frozen by the device-mapper.

2. Operate and check this bit flag as followings.

 - Bit operations in the device-mapper's freeze/thaw
     dm_suspend():   set BD_FREEZE_DM
       freeze_bdev():set BD_FREEZE_OP

       thaw_bdev():   clear BD_FREEZE_OP
     dm_resume():    clear BD_FREEZE_DM

     ioctl_freeze(): Not need to check BD_FREEZE_DM
       freeze_bdev():set BD_FREEZE_OP

     ioctl_thaw():   If BD_FREEZE_DM is set, fail, otherwise, call thaw_bdev()
       thaw_bdev():   clear BD_FREEZE_OP

Cheers, Takashi

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