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SubjectRe: [PATCH] SCSI and FibreChannel Hotswap for linux 2.5.44-bk2
On Wed, Oct 30, 2002 at 11:29:18AM -0800, Linus Torvalds wrote:
> On 30 Oct 2002, Alan Cox wrote:
> >
> > On Wed, 2002-10-30 at 18:54, Steven Dake wrote:
> > > This patch has been reviewed by Alan Cox, Greg KH, Christoph Hellwig,
> > > Patrick Mansfield, Rob Landly, Jeff Garzik, Scott Murray, James
> >
> > Glanced at briefly once, not reviewed.
> I'm going to leave the merging of this to the scsi people, in particular
> James and Doug. My personal feeling right now is that it's not going in
> the feature freeze, but as a driver thing I'm also convinced that
> especially if vendors need it, they'll add it anyway - and drivers tend to
> be less "frozen" than core code anyway (by necessity: we've always had to
> accept new drivers even in stable series).

My personal view is that it might be a candidate for inclusion in the
future, but not in the current version. Several valid points have been
raised by other people, so I'll not rehash those. Some of my own points
include the fact that I detest the locking scheme this thing uses.

If you look at scsi_hotswap_insert_by_scsi_id() you see this:

down_interruptible (&scsi_host->host_queue_sema)
walk scsi_host->host_queue looking for a device with same id
up (&scsi_host->host_queue_sema)
did we find a device? If so, return, else call scan_scsis()

The problem is that scan_scsis() is where we would actually add the device
to the scsi_host->host_queue and it's not inside the lock, so putting the
check inside of a lock is a total waste of time. To prevent against races
on insertion, you would need to, in the case that no device was present,
add a device to the host_queue *while still holding the lock* in order to
keep a second invocation of insert_by_scsi_id() from attempting to add the
same device twice. Specifically, I'm thinking that a fiber channel
controller that has a device flutter on and off the fiber bus can easily
hit this problem. Imagine if you will:

fiber loop notices new device come up
driver calls insert_by_scsi_id to add drive
insert calls scan_scsis() to scan device
before scan completes drive flutters back off the fiber
driver calls remove_by_scsi_id
remove code doesn't find a valid device because original scan_scsis
hasn't added it yet
drive comes back on fiber
driver calls insert_by_scsi_id
the check for drive present shows us clear because original scan_scsis
hasn't added drive yet, so we call scan_scsis() again
we are now trying to scan drive in two different threads of execution, no
locking against double addition of the same device, boom.

Nope, it's not there yet.

Doug Ledford <> 919-754-3700 x44233
Red Hat, Inc.
1801 Varsity Dr.
Raleigh, NC 27606

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