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SubjectRe: Block: Trouble with kobject initialisation for blk_cmd_filter
Jens Axboe <> wrote:
> On Tue, Sep 09 2008, FUJITA Tomonori wrote:
>> On Tue, 9 Sep 2008 12:28:45 +0200
>> Jens Axboe <> wrote:
>> > On Fri, Sep 05 2008, Elias Oltmanns wrote:
>> > > Hi all,
>> > >
>> > > current usage of the kobject in struct blk_cmd_filter is flawed. Doing
>> > > # modprobe -r sd-mod && modprobe sd-mod
>> > > while, for instance, a usb-stick is plugged in currently results in
>> > > nasty warnings and a dump_stack(). Since blk_cmd_filter is embedded in
>> > > struct request_queue, I don't see the need for a kobject anyway. What
>> > > about the much simpler option of a struct attribute_group in this
>> > > particular case?
>> > >
>> > > This would imply that the cmd_filter subdirectory would appear under
>> > > sda/queue/ rather than sda/ (which is probably the right place) but,
>> > > alas, we have to keep compatibility in mind. So I've made some changes
>> > > to sysfs along the way in order to provide a legacy symlink. I'd have to
>> > > seperate these two changes for submission but I wanted to know your
>> > > opinion about it all first.
>> > >
>> > > Thinking about it now makes me wonder whether this is too much for a rc
>> > > patch and whether we should just allocate the struct blk_cmd_filter
>> > > dynamically and have done with it. Anyway, tell me what you think.
>> >
>> > I think this patch is a step in the right direction, lets get rid of
>> > that pesky kobject just for the cmdfilter. Can you resend the patch
>> > _without_ the sysfs changes and link support? We haven't released a
>> > kernel with cmd filter support yet, so we can change the location still
>> > and not have to worry about compatability.
>> The sysfs changes looks too much for 2.6.27-rcX but without the sysfs
>> changes, we have the cmdfilter under /sys/block/sda/queue/, right? We
>> don't need to worry about compatibility, but /sys/block/sda is more
>> appropriate? (though I don't think that the cmd filter is a good idea
>> so I don't care much).

What exactly does that mean? Is there any point in fixing this
particular bug for 2.6.28 or will the whole cmd-filter infrastructure
have to be modified in a more general way in order to address other

> I agree, under sda/ makes a lot more sense than under sda/queue/
>> Jens, would it be better to just disable the cmdfilter stuff for
>> 2.6.27? It's too late for another try to fix this broken stuff, I
>> guess.
> Yeah, it's certainly starting to look like it... The amount of changes
> to unbreak it are too large to submit now, so lets postpone it until
> 2.6.28.

As far as I can make out, nothing has happened yet at this front. I've
just verified that reverting the following commits (in that order) seems
to be working nicely for me:


Is that what you had in mind? Will you take care of it?



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