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SubjectRe: [RFC] Multi-path IO in 2.5/2.6 ?
On Tue, Sep 10, 2002 at 03:02:01PM +0200, Lars Marowsky-Bree wrote:
> On 2002-09-09T11:40:26,

> With multipathing, you want the lower level to hand you the error
> _immediately_ if there is some way it could be related to a path failure and
> no automatic retries should take place - so you can immediately mark the path
> as faulty and go to another.
>
> However, on a "access beyond end of device" or a clear read error, failing a
> path is a rather stupid idea, but instead the error should go up immediately.
>
> This will need to be sorted regardless of the layer it is implemented in.
>
> How far has this been already addressed in 2.5 ?
>

The current scsi multi-path code handles the above cases. There is
a scsi_path_decide_disposition() that fails paths independent of the
result of the IO. It is similiar to the current scsi_decide_disposition,
except it also fails the path. So for a check condition of media error,
the IO might be marked as SUCCESS (meaning completed with an error),
but the path would not be modified (there are more details than this).

> For user-space reprobing of failed paths, it may be vital to expose the
> physical paths too. Then "reprobing" could be as simple as
>
> dd if=/dev/physical/path of=/dev/null count=1 && enable_path_again
>

Yes, that is a good idea, I was thinking that this should be done
via sg, and modify sg to allow path selection - so no matter what, sg
could be used to probe a path. I have no plans to expose a user level
device for each path, but a device model "file" could be exposed for
the state of each path, and its state controlled via driverfs.

> I dislike reprobing in kernel space, in particular using live requests as
> the LVM1 patch by IBM does it.
>
>
> Sincerely,
> Lars Marowsky-Brée <lmb@suse.de>

-- Patrick Mansfield
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