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Re: [dm-devel] [RFC PATCH 2/2] dm: only initialize full request_queue for request-based device



Hi Mike,

On 05/21/2010 02:07 AM +0900, Mike Snitzer wrote:
> Kiyoshi Ueda <k-ueda ct jp nec com> wrote:
>> On 05/19/2010 11:39 PM +0900, Mike Snitzer wrote:
>>> Thanks again for pointing this out; I'll work to arrive at an
>>> alternative locking scheme.  Likely introduce a lock local to the
>>> multiple_device (effectively the 'queue_lock' I had before).  But
>>> difference is I'd take that lock before taking _hash_lock.
>>
>> You have to see do_resume(), too.
>> do_resume() gets hc->new_map with _hash_lock held but without your
>> 'queue_lock' held.  This could cause inconsistent status;
>>   table_load() for bio-based table    do_resume() for rq-based table
>>   --------------------------------------------------------------------
>>   dm_lock_md_queue(md)
>>   dm_table_setup_md_queue(t) (<= bio-based)
>>     dm_clear_request_based_queue(md)
>>       md->queue->request_fn = NULL
>>                                        down_write(_hash_lock)
>>                                        new_map = hc->new_map (<= rq-based)
>>                                        up_write(_hash_lock)
>>                                        dm_swap_table(md, new_map)
>>                                        __bind(md, new_map) (<= rq-based)
>>   down_write(_hash_lock)
>>   hc->new_map = t
>>   up_write(_hash_lock)
>>   dm_unlock_md_queue(md)
snip
>>>>> Also, your patch changes the queue configuration even when a table is
>>>>> already active and used.  (e.g. Loading bio-based table to a mapped_device
>>>>> which is already active/used as request-based sets q->requst_fn in NULL.)
>>>>> That could cause some critical problems.
>>>>
>>>> Yes, that is possible and I can add additional checks to prevent this.
>>>> But this speaks to a more general problem with the existing DM code.
>>>>
>>>> dm_swap_table() has the negative check to prevent such table loads, e.g.:
>>>> /* cannot change the device type, once a table is bound */
>>>>
>>>> This check should come during table_load, as part of
>>>> dm_table_set_type(), rather than during table resume.
>>>
>>> I'll look to address this issue in v6 too.
>>
>> It can race between table_load() and do_resume() as well;
>>   table_load() for bio-based            do_resume() for rq-based
>>   ---------------------------------------------------------------------
>>   dm_table_set_type(t) (<= bio-based)
>>     live_table = dm_get_live_table(md)
>>     (assume no live_table yet)
>>                                         new_map = hc->new_map (<= rq-based)
>>                                         dm_swap_table(md, new_map)
>>                                         __bind(md, new_map)
>>   dm_table_setup_md_queue(t)
>>     dm_clear_request_based_queue(md)
>>       md->queue->request_fn = NULL
> 
> Understood.
> 
> I've addressed the above races by:
> 1) properly protecting md->queue during do_resume().  Both do_resume()
>    and table_load() first take md->queue_lock and then _hash_lock.
> 2) adding a negative check for an existing live table to
>    dm_table_setup_md_queue().
> 
> I will mail out v7 after I've given it additional review.

dm_table_setup_md_queue() may allocate memory with blocking mode
inside md->queue_lock which is needed to resume the md.
That could cause a deadlock which doesn't happen in the current model;
e.g:
  - Assume a bio-based table has been already loaded in hc->new_map
    and no live table yet in a mapped_device.
  - Load a request-based table and then no memory situation happens
    in dm_table_setup_md_queue().
  - Then, the mapped_device can't be resumed even in the case that
    resuming the mapped_device with the preloaded bio-based table
    can make some memory by writeback.
  => deadlock

Thanks,
Kiyoshi Ueda


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