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SubjectRe: [PATCH] blk: fix dangling pointer access in __elv_add_request
Jens Axboe wrote:
> On Tue, Nov 01 2005, Tejun Heo wrote:
>
>>cfq's add_req_fn callback may invoke q->request_fn directly and
>>depending on low-level driver used and timing, a queued request may be
>>finished & deallocated before add_req_fn callback returns. So,
>>__elv_add_request must not access rq after it's passed to add_req_fn
>>callback.
>
>
> It's a generel problem, you may get the queue run at any time regardless
> of what the io scheduler is doing. CFQ does run the queue manully
> sometimes, but SCSI may do the very same thing for you as well. Given
> that SCSI also shortly reenables interrupts in the ->request_fn()
> handling, it's quite possible for the request to be completed.
>
> So, as we don't hold a reference to the request, I'd say your patch
> looks correct and should be applied right away.
>
>
>>Jens, does generalizing queue kicking functions and disallowing
>>ioscheds from directly calling q->request_fn sound like a good idea?
>
>
> Yes certainly.
>

The thing is that we are holding queue_lock before calling add_req_fn
callback and also after it finishes giving it an appearance of
atomicity. I think q->request_fn semantics is peculiar and a bit prone
to bug, so it might be better to make ioscheds always use generic queue
kicking function which always uses work queue to run q->request_fn so
that we don't have queue_lock releasing and regrabbing inbetween. Do
you think there can be any noticieable performance issues?

Hmmmm... One more thing about q->request_fn's locking behavior is that,
as I noted while posting the ordered patchset, for SCSI, the behavior
can reorder issued requests making it impossible to use ordered tags for
flushing. I'm thinking of submitting a patch to make scsi request_fn
atomic w.r.t. queue_lock, but there might be some performance issues I'm
not aware of. Functions which release and regrab locks underneath the
caller are just... hard. :-p
Thanks.

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tejun
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