[Drbd-dev] DRBD8: Deadlock in PausedSyncS

Philipp Reisner philipp.reisner at linbit.com
Thu Aug 2 11:44:49 CEST 2007

On Tuesday 31 July 2007 00:31:19 Montrose, Ernest wrote:
> Hi all,
> We are seeing a problem where we deadlock if a pause sync request
> happens while attaching.  Below is an explaination of what I think is
> occurring:
> Consider two nodes X primary and Y Secondary.
> 1. X becomes Secondary/Diskless
> 2. Y becomes Primary
> 3. X tries to Attach and sends its states/uuids to Y
> 4. While Y is in receive_state() doing a drbd_sync_handshake(), it
> receives a Paused Sync request.
>   This is where the trouble starts.
> 5. aftr_isp is changed from 0->1 on Y and after_state_ch() called.  This
> triggers
>   a drbd_send_state() from Y.
> 6.  X receives States from Y but no uuids and runs a
> drbd_sync_handshake() with the old uuids and
>     we deadlocked with PausedSyncS on both sides.
> I am not sure how to best fix this.  Perhaps we should not call
> drbd_send_state()
> in after_state_ch() for a sync request from the peer if the peer's disk
> is diskless.
> Or we do send states, sends the uuids as well.  The attached patch will
> at least serve as an illustration of the issue if not the correct fix.

Hi Ernest,

Your patch was correct I think. But in reality we have not only this
one case of the problem it is a whole class of such problems. 

While the node that gets the new disk is in disk=Negotiating, it 
will run drbd_sync_handshake() on each state packet that comes in.

We need to avoid this. Calling pause-sync is just one possible way
to cause the transmittion of a state packets, this is a whole class
of such problems.

Instead of fixing every place where we send a state packet, to not
send it if the peer has no disk, I decided to fix the receiving


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