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Re: [dm-devel] [PATCH 1/1]: missing call to pg_init_done causes I/O to be hung forever


   Yes, I agree there is a problem. Wouldn’t it be simpler if you could handle everything scsi_dh.c..  See my response below..




From: dm-devel-bounces redhat com [mailto:dm-devel-bounces redhat com] On Behalf Of Menny_Hamburger Dell com
Sent: Monday, December 13, 2010 9:35 AM
To: dm-devel redhat com
Subject: [dm-devel] [PATCH 1/1]: missing call to pg_init_done causes I/O to be hung forever


When scsi_dh_activate returns SCSI_DH_NOSYS the H/W handler callback is not called, pg_init_done is not called in

the multipath layer and pending I/O is requeued forever; this situation causes all userland processes currently performing I/O

on the device to I/O hang. A similar situation occurs when the device has transitioned to SDEV_CANCEL/SDEV_DEL and the device

handler data had not yet been deleted.


The easiest way to reproduce this is in an ISCSI environment:

  dd if=/dev/dm-0 of=/dev/zero bs=8k count=1000000 &

  /etc/init.d/iscsi stop

In this example, dd will I/O hang forever and the only way to release it will be to reboot the machine


This patch calls pg_init_done directly from the mpath code when the scsi_dh_activate returns a non SCSI_DH_OK error.



The patch is over RHEL5.5.

When running an upstream kernel, the above scenario may not occur because the request queue is aborted in dm-mpath.c:fail_path.

This patch makes sure the problem does not occur at all, rather than handling it when it does. In addition, it seems too risky to apply

request queue abort functionality on RHEL5 at this stage.


diff -r -U 2 a/drivers/md/dm-mpath.c b/drivers/md/dm-mpath.c

--- a/drivers/md/dm-mpath.c   2010-12-13 09:16:31.358858000 +0200

+++ b/drivers/md/dm-mpath.c   2010-12-13 09:16:31.796998000 +0200

@@ -1190,4 +1190,5 @@

      case SCSI_DH_OK:




If you are not doing anything special then I would let default take care of it.  No need of this change..


      case SCSI_DH_NOSYS:

            if (!m->hw_handler_name) {

@@ -1252,7 +1253,15 @@


      struct pgpath *pgpath = (struct pgpath *) data;

+     int err;


-     scsi_dh_activate(bdev_get_queue(pgpath->path.dev->bdev),

+     err = scsi_dh_activate(bdev_get_queue(pgpath->path.dev->bdev),

                        pg_init_done, &pgpath->path);


+     /*

+     * If error is not SCSI_DH_OK, we have not entered the scsi_dh H/W handler and did not call pg_init_done -

+     * need to call pg_init_done directly.

+     */

+     if (err)

+           pg_init_done(&pgpath->path, err);


You can move this to scsi_dh.c



diff -r -U 2 a/drivers/scsi/device_handler/scsi_dh.c b/drivers/scsi/device_handler/scsi_dh.c

--- a/drivers/scsi/device_handler/scsi_dh.c     2010-12-13 09:16:31.616554000 +0200

+++ b/drivers/scsi/device_handler/scsi_dh.c     2010-12-13 09:16:31.878170000 +0200

@@ -443,4 +443,9 @@

      spin_unlock_irqrestore(q->queue_lock, flags);


+     if (sdev->sdev_state == SDEV_CANCEL ||

+         sdev->sdev_state == SDEV_DEL ||

+         sdev->sdev_state == SDEV_OFFLINE)

+           err = SCSI_DH_DEV_OFFLINED;


You can change it something like below..

      if (err) {


fn(data, err);

            return err;




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