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    Subject[RESEND][PATCH] [SCSI] scsi_dh: allow 3rd party multipath drivers to use scsi_dh_detach
    Allow 3rd party multipath drivers to programatically detach a scsi_dh
    using the scsi_dh_detach() interface. This is as improvement over
    requiring them to write 'detach' to /sys/block/sdX/queue/dh_state

    End result is both Linux and 3rd party multipath drivers can coexist
    without compromising Linux's default handling of multipath LUNs.

    Linux has suffered from races associated with attaching a scsi_dh to a
    device too late (after an HBA driver has started the SCSI device scan).
    Attaching a scsi_dh too late results in default sense handling that does
    not silently fail IO to passive paths, which creates excessive delays
    and IO errors during normal boot on a system with hundreds of LUNs.

    To fix this the appropriate scsi_dh must be attached before the HBA
    driver(s) are even loaded. But some scsi_dh are known to conflict with
    3rd party multipath drivers (e.g. both scsi_dh_alua and scsi_dh_emc
    conflict with EMC PowerPath). This patch allows 3rd party drivers to
    resolve the conflict by detaching an attached scsi_dh.

    Signed-off-by: Mike Snitzer <>
    Acked-by: Hannes Reinecke <>
    Cc: Chandra Seetharaman <>
    drivers/scsi/device_handler/scsi_dh.c | 2 +-
    1 files changed, 1 insertions(+), 1 deletions(-)

    diff --git a/drivers/scsi/device_handler/scsi_dh.c b/drivers/scsi/device_handler/scsi_dh.c
    index 23149b9..a550de1 100644
    --- a/drivers/scsi/device_handler/scsi_dh.c
    +++ b/drivers/scsi/device_handler/scsi_dh.c
    @@ -578,7 +578,7 @@ void scsi_dh_detach(struct request_queue *q)

    static struct notifier_block scsi_dh_nb = {
    .notifier_call = scsi_dh_notifier

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