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SubjectRe: [PATCH 00/40] Staging: hv: Driver cleanup
On Thu, Jun 30, 2011 at 11:28:27PM +0000, KY Srinivasan wrote:
> > On Wed, Jun 29, 2011 at 07:38:21AM -0700, K. Y. Srinivasan wrote:
> > > Further cleanup of the hv drivers:
> > >
> > > 1) Cleanup the reference counting mess for both stor and net devices.
> >
> > I really don't understand the need for reference counting on the storage
> > side, especially now that you only have a SCSI driver. The SCSI
> > midlayer does proper counting on it's objects (Scsi_Host, scsi_device,
> > scsi_cmnd), so you'll get that for free given that SCSI drivers just
> > piggyback on the midlayer lifetime rules.
>
> The reference counting allows us to properly deal with messages coming back from the host
> to the guest with a racing remove of the device. I am told these messages could potentially be
> not a response to a message sent from the guest.

To deal with that the scsi subsystem has a two stage teardown for the
SCSI host. First you call scsi_remove_host, at which point no new I/O
to it can be started. After that you can wait for all outstanding
messages, and finally you do a scsi_host_put to drop the long-term
reference to it, and eventually free it.


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