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[dm-devel] Re: [PATCH] RFC: have dm-mpath use already attached scsi_dh

Hi Mike,

michaelc cs wisc edu wrote:
> From: Mike Christie <michaelc cs wisc edu>
> If you have a mixed environment of clarriions, where some
> support ALAU and some support PNR, what do you put in
> your multipath.conf? With this patch you do not have to worry about
> it. If those modules are loaded before dm-mpath, then they
> will have attached to the correct devices based on inquiry, alua commands
> and parsing of data buffers (for example in scsi_dh_emc's alua check).
> There is no need for the user to set that info in the multipath.conf.
> And in general since all scsi_dh_modules will attach to the devices
> they work for, we do not need to have users specific this.
No. The problem here is the hardware table from scsi_dh is compiled
in and cannot be changed from userland. The multipath.conf OTOH
is purely user-defined and, what's more, the user might have a valid
reason for modifying it.
(EG EMC Clariion can well be run in PNR mode even though ALUA is
active, or the user might want to try ALUA on any as-of-yet unknown

So _not_ allowing multipath to override the device handler setting
will just add to the confusion and makes error tracking even more

So I would prefer the attached patch, it even save to touch
device handler code at all.


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diff --git a/drivers/md/dm-mpath.c b/drivers/md/dm-mpath.c
index 095f77b..46d01d9 100644
--- a/drivers/md/dm-mpath.c
+++ b/drivers/md/dm-mpath.c
@@ -592,12 +592,25 @@ static struct pgpath *parse_path(struct arg_set *as, struct path_selector *ps,
 	if (m->hw_handler_name) {
-		r = scsi_dh_attach(bdev_get_queue(p->path.dev->bdev),
-				   m->hw_handler_name);
+		struct request_queue *q = bdev_get_queue(p->path.dev->bdev);
+		r = scsi_dh_attach(q, m->hw_handler_name);
+		if (r == -EBUSY) {
+			/*
+			 * Already attached to different hw_handler,
+			 * try to reattach with correct one.
+			 */
+			scsi_dh_detach(q);
+			r = scsi_dh_attach(q, m->hw_handler_name);
+		}
 		if (r < 0) {
+			ti->error = "error attaching hardware handler";
 			dm_put_device(ti, p->path.dev);
 			goto bad;
+	} else {
+		/* Play safe and detach hardware handler */
+		scsi_dh_detach(bdev_get_queue(p->path.dev->bdev));
 	r = ps->type->add_path(ps, &p->path, as->argc, as->argv, &ti->error);

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