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Re: [dm-devel] blk_abort_queue on failed paths?

Mike Christie wrote:
Mike Anderson wrote:
Mike Christie <michaelc cs wisc edu> wrote:
adding linux-scsi and Mike Anderson

David Strand wrote:
After updating to kernel 2.6.28 I found that when I performed some
cable break testing during device i/o, I would get unwanted device or
host resets. Ultimately I traced it back to this patch:


The call to blk_abort_queue causes the block layer to call
scsi_times_out for pending i/o, which can (or will) ultimately lead to
device, and/or bus and/or host resets, which of course cause all the
other devices significant disruption.

What driver were you using? I just did a work around for qla4xxx for this (have not posted it yet). I added a scsi_times_out handler to the driver so that if the IO was failed to a transport problem then the eh does not run.

FC drivers already use fc_timed_out, but I think that will not work. The FC driver could fail the IO then call fc_remote_port_delete. So the failed IO could hit dm-mpath.c and that could call into the scsi_times_out (which for fc drivers call into fc_timed_out) but the fc_remote_port_delete has not been done yet, so the port_state is still online so that kicks off the scsi eh.

For HA link transport failure cases the waking of scsi_eh should not

What is a HA link transport failure?

matter. For tgt link transport failures the waking of scsi_eh is not good. Previous test runs with added debug I only saw a few case of going into the
abort routines, but maybe my test configs where not complete (timing of
the workqueues running will alter the outcome also). I will look into this

I think going into the abort routines is still bad. If are in the scsi eh then all IO on that host is stopped. So if you had two ports coming on that host, and if just one path is bad, now we cannot send IO on the other path until the scsi eh is done running. This could be quick, but for FC drivers we also do not just send an abort right away. If we have transitioned the port state to blocked by this time, then drivers wait for the port state to transition like this:

static void
qla2x00_block_error_handler(struct scsi_cmnd *cmnd)
        struct Scsi_Host *shost = cmnd->device->host;
struct fc_rport *rport = starget_to_rport(scsi_target(cmnd->device));
        unsigned long flags;

        spin_lock_irqsave(shost->host_lock, flags);
        while (rport->port_state == FC_PORTSTATE_BLOCKED) {
                spin_unlock_irqrestore(shost->host_lock, flags);
                spin_lock_irqsave(shost->host_lock, flags);
        spin_unlock_irqrestore(shost->host_lock, flags);

Oh yeah for this, is it right? Maybe we only want to wait for min(time of port state transition (dev loss tmo or port readdition), fast io fail tmo firing)?

It would still be a wait, but a shorter one at least.

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