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SubjectRe: [RFC PATCH 0/2] ceph: safely use 'copy-from' Op on Octopus OSDs
On Fri, Nov 8, 2019 at 5:48 PM Luis Henriques <lhenriques@suse.com> wrote:
>
> On Fri, Nov 08, 2019 at 04:15:35PM +0100, Ilya Dryomov wrote:
> > On Fri, Nov 8, 2019 at 3:15 PM Luis Henriques <lhenriques@suse.com> wrote:
> > >
> > > Hi!
> > >
> > > (Sorry for the long cover letter!)
> >
> > This is exactly what cover letters are for!
> >
> > >
> > > Since the fix for [1] has finally been merged and should be available in
> > > the next (Octopus) ceph release, I'm trying to clean-up my kernel client
> > > patch that tries to find out whether or not it's safe to use the
> > > 'copy-from' RADOS operation for copy_file_range.
> > >
> > > So, the fix for [1] was to modify the 'copy-from' operation to allow
> > > clients to optionally (using the CEPH_OSD_COPY_FROM_FLAG_TRUNCATE_SEQ
> > > flag) send the extra truncate_seq and truncate_size parameters. Since
> > > only Octopus will have this fix (no backports planned), the client
> > > simply needs to ensure the OSDs being used have SERVER_OCTOPUS in their
> > > features.
> > >
> > > My initial solution was to add an extra test in __submit_request,
> > > looping all the request ops and checking if the connection has the
> > > required features for that operation. Obviously, at the moment only the
> > > copy-from operation has a restriction but I guess others may be added in
> > > the future. I believe that doing this at this point (__submit_request)
> > > allows to cover cases where a cluster is being upgraded to Octopus and
> > > we have different OSDs running with different feature bits.
> > >
> > > Unfortunately, this solution is racy because the connection state
> > > machine may be changing and the peer_features field isn't yet set. For
> > > example: if the connection to an OSD is being re-open when we're about
> > > to check the features, the con->state will be CON_STATE_PREOPEN and the
> > > con->peer_features will be 0. I tried to find ways to move the feature
> > > check further down in the stack, but that can't be easily done without
> > > adding more infrastructure. A solution that came to my mind was to add
> > > a new con->ops, invoked in the context of ceph_con_workfn, under the
> > > con->mutex. This callback could then verify the available features,
> > > aborting the operation if needed.
> > >
> > > Note that the race in this patchset doesn't seem to be a huge problem,
> > > other than occasionally reverting to a VFS generic copy_file_range, as
> > > -EOPNOTSUPP will be returned here. But it's still a race, and there are
> > > probably other cases that I'm missing.
> > >
> > > Anyway, maybe I'm missing an obvious solution for checking these OSD
> > > features, but I'm open to any suggestions on other options (or some
> > > feedback on the new callback in ceph_connection_operations option).
> > >
> > > [1] https://tracker.ceph.com/issues/37378
> >
> > If the OSD checked for unknown flags, like newer syscalls do, it would
> > be super easy, but it looks like it doesn't.
> >
> > An obvious solution is to look at require_osd_release in osdmap, but we
> > don't decode that in the kernel because it lives the OSD portion of the
> > osdmap. We could add that and consider the fact that the client now
> > needs to decode more than just the client portion a design mistake.
> > I'm not sure what can of worms does that open and if copy-from alone is
> > worth it though. Perhaps that field could be moved to (or a copy of it
> > be replicated in) the client portion of the osdmap starting with
> > octopus? We seem to be running into it on the client side more and
> > more...
>
> I can't say I'm thrilled with the idea of going back to hack into the
> OSDs code again, I was hoping to be able to handle this with the
> information we already have on the connection peer_features field. It
> took me *months* to have the OSD fix merged in so I'm not really
> convinced a change to the osdmap would make it into Octopus :-)
>
> (But I'll have a look at this and see if I can understand what moving or
> replicating the field in the osdmap would really entail.)

Just to be clear: I'm not suggesting that you do it ;) More of an
observation that something that is buried deep in the OSD portion of
the osdmap is being needed increasingly by the clients.

Thanks,

Ilya

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