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Re: [dm-devel] [PATCH 0/4] scsi_dh: Fix for handler attach and code clean up



Hannes,
Thanks for the comments. Please see my response.. 

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Hannes Reinecke [mailto:hare suse de]
> Sent: Wednesday, November 02, 2011 2:15 AM
> To: device-mapper development
> Cc: Moger, Babu; Linux SCSI Mailing list
> Subject: Re: [dm-devel] [PATCH 0/4] scsi_dh: Fix for handler attach and
> code clean up
> 
> On 11/01/2011 06:19 PM, Moger, Babu wrote:
> > These series of patches handles following things.
> > 1. Fixes handler attach issue.
> > 2. Introduces match function for all the handlers
> > 3. cleans up the scsi_dh code
> >
> > I have noticed the attach issue during our multipath testing. We
> found that during
> > the lun discovery there were lots of error messages like below..
> >
> > Oct 25 08:24:43 kswm-mihosi kernel: sd 0:0:0:7: [sdav]  Result:
> hostbyte=DID_OK
> > driverbyte=DRIVER_SENSE
> > Oct 25 08:24:43 kswm-mihosi kernel: sd 0:0:0:7: [sdav]  Sense Key :
> Illegal
> > Request [current]
> > Oct 25 08:24:43 kswm-mihosi kernel: sd 0:0:0:7: [sdav]<<vendor>>
> ASC=0x94
> > ASCQ=0x1ASC=0x94 ASCQ=0x1
> > Oct 25 08:24:43 kswm-mihosi kernel: sd 0:0:0:7: [sdav] CDB: Read(10):
> 28 00 00
> > 00 00 00 00 00 80 00
> > Oct 25 08:24:43 kswm-mihosi kernel: end_request: I/O error, dev sdav,
> sector 0
> >
> > These messages were coming in spite of having scsi_dh_rdac in initrd.
> Reason
> > for these errors are due to device handler not being attached
> properly. If the
> > device handler was attached then the I/O's should not go to passive
> paths.
> >
> > Investigating further we found that there errors started with the
> introduction
> > of these patches below.
> >
> > http://www.spinics.net/lists/linux-scsi/msg54284.html
> > or
> > http://git.kernel.org/?p=linux/kernel/git/jejb/scsi-misc-
> 2.6.git;a=commit;h=6c3633d08acf514e2e89aa95d2346ce9d64d719a
> >
> > This patch introduces the match function for device handlers. But the
> match function
> > was added only to scsi_dh_alua handler.
> >
> > Reason for the failure is, if the match function is not available
> then scsi_dh calls
> > scsi_get_device_flags_keyed(sdev, sdev->vendor, sdev->model,
> SCSI_DEVINFO_DH)
> > which compares the exact vendor and product strings from sdev(which
> comes from inquiry).
> >
> > While setting up the scsi_dev_info, handlers use the short
> strings(example below).
> > Look at scsi_register_device_handler code. If  you look closely the
> handlers have
> > only first few characters of the model string. So,
> scsi_get_device_flags_keyed
> > fails and handler will not be attached. This applies to all the
> handlers.
> >
> > Example :
> >
> >          Strings in scsi_dh_rdac handler..
> >                      {"IBM", "1746"},
> >
> >          Actual string..
> >                       "IBM", "1746      FAStT"
> >
> > Couple of ways we can fix this problem.
> > 1. List the complete model strings in handlers for all the products.
> > 2. Introduce match function for all the handler and remove the call
> to scsi_get_device_flags_keyed.
> >
> > I think the option 2 is the best way to fix this problem. This
> removes lot of code in scsi_dh and
> > simplifies the things..
> >
> > TESTED the patches on NetApp E series storage.
> >
> And this was the main intention of the original patch, introducing
> the ->match() function.
> 
> However, one thing to keep in mind here:
> What do we do if two ->match() function trigger?
> IE a NetApp E series in ALUA mode would have both match functions
> from scsi_dh_alua and scsi_dh_rdac matching.
> As there is no sane way of keeping the module order (having alua
> always first in the list of modules is very error-prone), I would
> think we'd need to introduce some checks in the vendor-specific
> device-handler to have the match() function returning 'false' if the
> respective device is in ALUA mode.

  Agree. We cannot assume module loading order. I will add a new check in rdac for
 TPGS bit. If TPGS  is enabled then scsi_dh_rdac will return false. Will send the
 Patches tomorrow. 

> 
> This doesn't affect multipathing at all, it's just for having a sane
> default when the system boots up.
> 
> Cheers,
> 
> Hannes
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