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Re: [Qemu-block] [PATCH v2 0/9] block: Delay poll when ending drained se

From: Max Reitz
Subject: Re: [Qemu-block] [PATCH v2 0/9] block: Delay poll when ending drained sections
Date: Tue, 16 Jul 2019 18:24:11 +0200
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On 16.07.19 16:40, Kevin Wolf wrote:
> Am 19.06.2019 um 17:25 hat Max Reitz geschrieben:
>> Hi,
>> This is v2 to “block: Keep track of parent quiescing”.
>> Please read this cover letter, because I’m very unsure about the design
>> in this series and I’d appreciate some comments.
>> As Kevin wrote in his reply to that series, the actual problem is that
>> bdrv_drain_invoke() polls on every node whenever ending a drain.  This
>> may cause graph changes, which is actually forbidden.
>> To solve that problem, this series makes the drain code construct a list
>> of undrain operations that have been initiated, and then polls all of
>> them on the root level once graph changes are acceptable.
>> Note that I don’t like this list concept very much, so I’m open to
>> alternatives.
> So drain_end is different from drain_begin in that it wants to wait only
> for all bdrv_drain_invoke() calls to complete, but not for other
> requests that are in flight. Makes sense.
> Though instead of managing a whole list, wouldn't a counter suffice?
>> Furthermore, all BdrvChildRoles with BDS parents have a broken
>> .drained_end() implementation.  The documentation clearly states that
>> this function is not allowed to poll, but it does.  So this series
>> changes it to a variant (using the new code) that does not poll.
>> There is a catch, which may actually be a problem, I don’t know: The new
>> variant of that .drained_end() does not poll at all, never.  As
>> described above, now every bdrv_drain_invoke() returns an object that
>> describes when it will be done and which can thus be polled for.  These
>> objects are just discarded when using BdrvChildRole.drained_end().  That
>> does not feel quite right.  It would probably be more correct to let
>> BdrvChildRole.drained_end() return these objects so the top level
>> bdrv_drained_end() can poll for their completion.
>> I decided not to do this, for two reasons:
>> (1) Doing so would spill the “list of objects to poll for” design to
>>     places outside of block/io.c.  I don’t like the design very much as
>>     it is, but I can live with it as long as it’s constrained to the
>>     core drain code in block/io.c.
>>     This is made worse by the fact that currently, those objects are of
>>     type BdrvCoDrainData.  But it shouldn’t be a problem to add a new
>>     type that is externally visible (we only need the AioContext and
>>     whether bdrv_drain_invoke_entry() is done).
>> (2) It seems to work as it is.
>> The alternative would be to add the same GSList ** parameter to
>> BdrvChildRole.drained_end() that I added in the core drain code in patch
>> 2, and then let the .drained_end() implementation fill that with objects
>> to poll for.  (Which would be accomplished by adding a frontend to
>> bdrv_do_drained_end() that lets bdrv_child_cb_drained_poll() pass the
>> parameter through.)
>> Opinions?
> I think I would add an int* to BdrvChildRole.drained_end() so that we
> can just increase the counter whereever we need to.

So you mean just polling the @bs for which a caller gave poll=true until
the counter reaches 0?  I’ll try, sounds good (if I can get it to work).

>> And then we have bdrv_replace_child_noperm(), which actually wants a
>> polling BdrvChildRole.drained_end().  So this series adds
>> BdrvChildRole.drained_end_unquiesce(), which takes that role (if there
>> is any polling to do).
>> Note that if I implemented the alternative described above
>> (.drained_end() gets said GSList ** parameter), a
>> .drained_end_unquiesce() wouldn’t be necessary.
>> bdrv_parent_drained_end_single() could just poll the list returned by
>> .drained_end() by itself.
> The split between .drained_end/.drained_end_unquiesce feels wrong. It
> shouldn't be the job of the BdrvChildRole to worry about this. Polling
> should be handled inside bdrv_parent_drained_end_single(), like we do in
> bdrv_parent_drained_begin_single(), so that the BdrvChildRole never has
> to poll.

If it’s just an int pointer, there’s no point in having two functions, I

Thanks for you suggestion!

>> Finally, patches 1, 8, and 9 are unmodified from v1.
>> [...]
>>  include/block/block.h      |  22 +++++-
>>  include/block/block_int.h  |  23 ++++++
>>  block.c                    |  24 +++---
>>  block/io.c                 | 155 ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++-------
>>  python/qemu/__init__.py    |   5 +-
>>  tests/qemu-iotests/040     |  40 +++++++++-
>>  tests/qemu-iotests/040.out |   4 +-
>>  tests/qemu-iotests/255     |   2 +-
>>  8 files changed, 231 insertions(+), 44 deletions(-)
> I feel this series should add something to tests/test-bdrv-drain.c, too.
> qemu-iotests can only test high-level block job commands that happen to
> trigger the bug today, but that code may change in the future. Unit
> tests allow us to test the problematic cases more directly.

Well, I’m glad if test-bdrv-drain just keeps working. :-)

I’ll try.


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