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SubjectRe: [PATCH 1/2] Block layer filter - second version
The 10/21/2020 16:07, Matthew Wilcox wrote:
> On Wed, Oct 21, 2020 at 03:55:55PM +0300, Sergei Shtepa wrote:
> > The 10/21/2020 14:44, Matthew Wilcox wrote:
> > > I don't understand why O_DIRECT gets to bypass the block filter. Nor do
> > > I understand why anybody would place a block filter on the swap device.
> > > But if somebody did place a filter on the swap device, why should swap
> > > be able to bypass the filter?
> >
> > Yes, intercepting the swap partition is absurd. But we can't guarantee
> > that the filter won't intercept swap.
> >
> > Swap operation is related to the memory allocation logic. If a swap on
> > the block device are accessed during memory allocation from filter,
> > a deadlock occurs. We can allow filters to occasionally shoot off their
> > feet, especially under high load. But I think it's better not to do it.
> We already have logic to prevent this in Linux. Filters need to
> call memalloc_noio_save() while they might cause swap to happen and
> memalloc_noio_restore() once it's safe for them to cause swap again.

Yes, I looked at this function, it can really be useful for the filter.
Then I don't need to enter the submit_bio_direct() function and the wait
loop associated with the queue polling function blk_mq_poll() will have
to be rewritten.

> > "directly access" - it is not O_DIRECT. This means (I think) direct
> > reading from the device file, like "dd if=/dev/sda1".
> > As for intercepting direct reading, I don't know how to do the right thing.
> >
> > The problem here is that in fs/block_dev.c in function __blkdev_direct_IO()
> > uses the qc - value returned by the submit_bio() function.
> > This value is used below when calling
> > blk_poll(bdev_get_queue(dev), qc, true).
> > The filter cannot return a meaningful value of the blk_qc_t type when
> > intercepting a request, because at that time it does not know which queue
> > the request will fall into.
> >
> > If function submit_bio() will always return BLK_QC_T_NONE - I think the
> > algorithm of the __blk dev_direct_IO() will not work correctly.
> > If we need to intercept direct access to a block device, we need to at
> > least redo the __blkdev_direct_IO function, getting rid of blk_pool.
> > I'm not sure it's necessary yet.
> This isn't part of the block layer that I'm familiar with, so I can't
> help solve this problem, but allowing O_DIRECT to bypass the block filter
> is a hole that needs to be fixed before these patches can be considered.

I think there is no such problem, but I will check, of course.

Sergei Shtepa
Veeam Software developer.

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