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SubjectRe: OOPS in scsi generic stuff 2.4.10-pre6
On Sun, Sep 16 2001, Douglas Gilbert wrote:
> <<nameless>> wrote:
> > The ksymoops output. Let me know if there is anything else I can offer
> > to help? This happened when ripping a cd with cdparanoia on an IDE drive
> > with the ide-scsi stuff.
> ....
> > >>EIP; c01b7688 <generic_unplug_device+8/30> <=====
> > Trace; c01f8fe6 <sg_common_write+1d6/1f0>
> > Trace; c01f9bc0 <sg_cmd_done_bh+0/280> #### bizarre
> > Trace; c01f8c16 <sg_write+256/280>
> generic_unplug_device() was an addition into the sg driver
> by Jens Axboe. Under heavy stress testing I have also received
> an oops from this function.

It looks like a race in that sg_cmd_done_bh can be completed before
generic_unplug_device is called (and thus on a free'd scsi request). We
then pass an invalid queue to generic_unplug_device.

> It is there because the tentacles of the Linux block subsystem
> have found their way into the the SCSI midlevel. The st and sg
> drivers are proof of why this is bad design as they are char
> devices.

Not so. The SCSI mid level should just force this unplug, or have a
special do_req that forces imediate completion (or start of execution,
rather). The unplug in sg is needed because of that.

> If the generic_unplug_device() call is removed then the
> sg driver will periodically have its commands suspended
> on the SCSI mid level queue until the block subsystem
> decides to send something to the device in question.
> This can be seconds (which isn't a pleasant thing to do
> to a cdwriter).

Because the scsi_request_fn can quit with commands on the queue. That's
a SCSI internal issue. This is not a block layer bug.

--- drivers/scsi/sg.c~ Sun Sep 16 18:17:20 2001
+++ drivers/scsi/sg.c Sun Sep 16 18:18:44 2001
@@ -645,6 +645,7 @@
Scsi_Request * SRpnt;
Sg_device * sdp = sfp->parentdp;
sg_io_hdr_t * hp = &srp->header;
+ request_queue_t * q;

srp->data.cmd_opcode = cmnd[0]; /* hold opcode of command */
hp->status = 0;
@@ -673,6 +674,7 @@
return -ENODEV;
SRpnt = scsi_allocate_request(sdp->device);
+ q = &SRpnt->sr_device->request_queue;
if(SRpnt == NULL) {
SCSI_LOG_TIMEOUT(1, printk("sg_write: no mem\n"));
@@ -715,7 +717,7 @@
(void *)SRpnt->sr_buffer, hp->dxfer_len,
sg_cmd_done_bh, timeout, SG_DEFAULT_RETRIES);
/* dxfer_len overwrites SRpnt->sr_bufflen, hence need for b_malloc_len */
- generic_unplug_device(&SRpnt->sr_device->request_queue);
+ generic_unplug_device(q);
return 0;

Jens Axboe
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