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SubjectRe: 3.4.0-02580-g72c04af regression on sparc64 - partitions not recognized
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On Wed, 2012-05-23 at 19:22 -0700, Dan Williams wrote:
> On Wed, 2012-05-23 at 23:56 +0100, James Bottomley wrote:
> > On Wed, 2012-05-23 at 14:04 -0400, David Miller wrote:
> > > From: Meelis Roos <mroos@linux.ee>
> > > Date: Wed, 23 May 2012 19:46:46 +0300 (EEST)
> > >
> > > CC:'ing interested parties.
> > >
> > > >> > Just tested 3.4.0-02580-g72c04af on about 10 machines. While most of
> > > >> > them work (including 3 different sparc64 machines with real scsi disks),
> > > >> > Sun Netra X1 with pata_ali and IDE disk consistently fails to boot. sda
> > > >> > is recognized but no partitions. 3.3.0 works fine, as did something
> > > >> > around 3.4-rc7 (plain 3.4 not tested yet). No other IDE machines tested
> > > >> > yet since I have none with remote console at the moment.
> > > >>
> > > >> If 3.4.0-final is OK, start bisecting from v3.4.0 until 72c04af. One
> > > >> possibility could be the sparc64 NOBOOTMEM conversion that went into
> > > >> the merge window.
> > > >
> > > > Bisecting leads to this commit:
> > > >
> > > > a7a20d103994fd760766e6c9d494daa569cbfe06 is the first bad commit
> > > > commit a7a20d103994fd760766e6c9d494daa569cbfe06
> > > > Author: Dan Williams <dan.j.williams@intel.com>
> > > > Date: Thu Mar 22 17:05:11 2012 -0700
> > > >
> > > > [SCSI] sd: limit the scope of the async probe domain
> >
> > My theory is that this is an init problem: The assumption in a lot of
> > our code is that async_synchronize_full() waits for everything ... even
> > the domain specific async schedules, which isn't true.
> >
> > The code in init that makes this assumption is wait_for_device_probe().
> > There's also a fun async_synchronize_full() in init_post() that assumes
> > it can free the init memory after, which would fail badly if anything in
> > init used an async domain.
> >
> > So either we fix the assumptions or we can't use domain specific async
> > schedules.
> >
>
> Hm, we already have cases of code not trusting the semantics of
> wait_for_device_probe(), especially as it relates to async scanning like
> in kernel/power/hibernate.c:
>
> /*
> * Some device discovery might still be in progress; we need
> * to wait for this to finish.
> */
> wait_for_device_probe();
>
> if (resume_wait) {
> while ((swsusp_resume_device = name_to_dev_t(resume_file)) == 0)
> msleep(10);
> async_synchronize_full();
> }
>
> /*
> * We can't depend on SCSI devices being available after loading
> * one of their modules until scsi_complete_async_scans() is
> * called and the resume device usually is a SCSI one.
> */
> scsi_complete_async_scans();

This is actually looks wrong: it works if SCSI is built in, but it's a
nop if SCSI is a module (the nop function is gated by the else clause of
#ifdef CONFIG_SCSI)

Rafael, you added this not via the SCSI tree, is that the intention?

> ...so it seems scsi_complete_async_scans() should take care to flush sd
> probe actions as well... here is a test patch:
>
> --- snip ---
>
> diff --git a/drivers/scsi/scsi_scan.c b/drivers/scsi/scsi_scan.c
> index 8906557..05a92d3 100644
> --- a/drivers/scsi/scsi_scan.c
> +++ b/drivers/scsi/scsi_scan.c
> @@ -141,13 +141,13 @@ struct async_scan_data {
> * started scanning after this function was called may or may not have
> * finished.
> */
> -int scsi_complete_async_scans(void)
> +static void __scsi_complete_async_scans(void)
> {
> struct async_scan_data *data;
>
> do {
> if (list_empty(&scanning_hosts))
> - return 0;
> + return;
> /* If we can't get memory immediately, that's OK. Just
> * sleep a little. Even if we never get memory, the async
> * scans will finish eventually.
> @@ -181,6 +181,13 @@ int scsi_complete_async_scans(void)
> spin_unlock(&async_scan_lock);
>
> kfree(data);
> +}
> +
> +int scsi_complete_async_scans(void)
> +{
> + __scsi_complete_async_scans();
> + async_synchronize_full_domain(&scsi_sd_probe_domain);
> +
> return 0;
> }

But this still doesn't fix the boot problem, does it? ... unless we want
to add a scsi_complete_async_scans() into init/do_mounts.c, which looks
like piling one hack on top of another.

I really think the correct fix is to have wait_for_device_probe()
actually wait until all probes have completed and everything is
discovered, that way we get the semantics the name implies and boot
should just work.

James




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