[Drbd-dev] Behaviour of verify: false positives -> true positives
lars.ellenberg at linbit.com
Mon Jan 26 12:03:38 CET 2009
any news on this?
also, please consider testing with linux 220.127.116.11,
there are a few data integrity relevant fixes for the
generic dirty page write out path in there...
On Wed, Oct 01, 2008 at 04:59:10PM +0200, Lars Ellenberg wrote:
> On Wed, Oct 01, 2008 at 02:49:22PM +0200, Thomas Schoebel-Theuer wrote:
> > > > Well, one problem is that the length of bvec could be nearly arbitrary
> > > > (in theory),
> > >
> > > BIO_MAX_PAGES
> > > DRBD_MAX_SEGMENT_SIZE
> > Ok.
> > > > But what about simply generating a completely new bio and copying over
> > > > all the stuff by hand? This would mean to implement some sort of
> > > > bio_copy() in the local code which could then later be lifted upstreams
> > > > if other people liked it too. What do you think is better?
> > >
> > > no, I think it would be enough to just set (pseudo code)
> > > copy_page->private = orig_page;
> > Hmm. what if the caller used orig_page->private already and is now accessing
> > the page _in parallel_ to us? IMHO in combination with the next step it
> > _could_ lead to an observable difference:
> > > bvec->bv_page = copy_page;
> > IMHO this could cause a side effect for any observer accessing "his" page
> > via "his" orig_bio and finally arriving at our copy_page->private. I am not
> > sure whether this really happens in the kernel anywhere, but even if
> > currently not it probably could happen sometime in future. The idea behind
> > bio_copy() was to _never_ touch the original and all its transitively
> > reachable descendants in any way, just to be sure nothing can ever go wrong
> > with it (similar to a COW style). Well, the performance might be slightly
> > worse, but we are reasoning on correctness at a rather tricky high level.
> > I am not sure whether it really does any harm, I'm just curious and cautious.
> I think that is a reasonable attitude ;)
> so we just don't bio_clone in drbd_req_new then,
> but bio_alloc a fresh bio with our own bvec and own pages attached,
> which will be submitted, _and_ be used to sendpage it over.
> it has to do properly initialized, obviously.
> we have to make sure to get an extra reference (bio_get) on that private
> bio then, so it cannot vanish while being handed over to tcp, it has to
> stay around until master bio completion (where an extra bio_put will
> free it).
> _maybe_ we could add full struct bio private_bio + reasonably sized bvec
> array member to struct drbd_request, so we can skip the extra bio_alloc,
> _get and _put (unless there is some paranoia code in the generic block
> layer, which may be unhappy with that).
> > Well, before implementing it I will reason on it for some time just to be sure
> > and convinced. Maybe I should implement both alternatives
> implement the "most correct" alternative.
> > and do some stress-testing on a debug kernel?
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