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Re: [dm-devel] [PATCH for-dm-3.14-fixes 2/8] dm thin: set flag when over the metadata low watermark threshold

On Fri, Feb 21 2014 at  8:56am -0500,
Joe Thornber <thornber redhat com> wrote:


You can NACK all you want.  Old code doesn't work.  New code does.

> On Thu, Feb 20, 2014 at 09:55:59PM -0500, Mike Snitzer wrote:
> > The threshold boundary code in persistent-data/dm-space-map-metadata.c
> > was too racey and resulted in a flood of warnings and events.
> This code never runs concurrently, so I don't see how it can be racey.
> Scanning the code it seems to work as advertised; it is an edge
> triggered threshold, activating every time the free space crosses the
> threshold from high to low.
> - You haven't explained what your changes within
>   dm-space-map-metadata.c do.  Is the threshold no longer edge
>   triggered?

It is identical to data device's low water mark.

> - With your changes, how is the threshold reset?  For instance:
>   i) we cross the lwm and issue an event
>   ii) the admin deletes a ton of old snapshots to free up some
>       metadata space, taking us well above the lwm.
>   iii) 3 months later we cross the lwm again.  Will the admin be notified?

It resets the same as the data low water mark, see change in
pool_resume.  So any limitation with this approach applies to data low
water mark too.

> I suspect the real issue is when the free space is near the threshold
> it 'bobbles', crossing back and forth and triggering often (not a
> race).  I suggest the correct way to fix this is to change the
> threshold code to introduce some hysteresis.  For example by saying it
> can't trigger unless free space has crossed another higher threshold
> first (lwm + FUDGE_FACTOR).  Fixes for this should remain within
> dm-space-map-metadata.c.

Yeah, I added tracing and a FUDGE_FACTOR could help.  But in the end I
saw no benefit to having 2 different mechanisms for low water mark.  I
went with the approach that has been proven with data's low water mark.

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