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Re: [PATCH v4 00/25] block layer: split block APIs in global state and I
Emanuele Giuseppe Esposito
Re: [PATCH v4 00/25] block layer: split block APIs in global state and I/O
Fri, 19 Nov 2021 11:42:52 +0100
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On 19/11/2021 04:13, Paolo Bonzini wrote:
El jue., 18 nov. 2021 16:31, Hanna Reitz <email@example.com
On 18.11.21 14:50, Paolo Bonzini wrote:
> On 11/15/21 17:03, Hanna Reitz wrote:
>> I only really see four solutions for this:
>> (1) We somehow make the amend job run in the main context under the
>> BQL and have it prevent all concurrent I/O access (seems bad)
>> (2) We can make the permission functions part of the I/O path
>> wrong and probably impossible?)
>> (3) We can drop the permissions update and permanently require the
>> permissions that we need when updating keys (I think this might
>> existing use cases)
>> (4) We can acquire the BQL around the permission update call and
>> perhaps that works?
>> I don’t know how (4) would work but it’s basically the only
>> reasonable solution I can come up with. Would this be a way to
>> a BQL function from an I/O function?
> I think that would deadlock:
> main I/O thread
> -------- -----
> start bdrv_co_amend
> take BQL
> ... hangs ...
Is there really nothing we can do? Forgive me if I’m talking complete
nonsense here (because frankly I don’t even really know what a bottom
half is exactly), but can’t we schedule some coroutine in the main
thread to do the perm notifications and wait for them in the I/O thread?
I think you still get a deadlock, just one with a longer chain. You
still have a cycle of things depending on each other, but one of them is
now the I/O thread waiting for the bottom half.
Hmm... Perhaps. We would need to undo the permission change when the
job finishes, though, i.e. in JobDriver.prepare() or JobDriver.clean().
Doing the change in qmp_x_blockdev_amend() would be asymmetric then, so
we’d probably want a new JobDriver method that runs in the main thread
before .run() is invoked. (Unfortunately, “.prepare()” is now taken
Ok at least it's feasible.
Ok I think I got it. I will create a new callback, maybe "pre_run" or
something like that to perform the first bdrv_child_refresh_perms and
implement the .clean callback to perform the "cleanup"
bdrv_child_refresh_perms in block_crypto_amend_options_generic_luks.
Doesn’t solve the FUSE problem, but there we could try to just take the
RESIZE permission permanently and if that fails, we just don’t allow
truncates for that export. Not nice, but should work for common cases.
Yeah definitely not nice. Probably permissions could be protected by
their own mutex, even a global one like the one we have for jobs. For
now I suggest just ignoring the problem and adding a comment, since it's
not really something that didn't exist.
Will add a TODO in blk_set/get permissions explaining the issue.
Last issue we had with regards to permissions in GS had to do with
bdrv_co_invalidate_cache: however, Paolo suggested me a simple fix to
simply assert that the function is either under BQL or does not have
open_flags & BDRV_O_INACTIVE set. This basically skips the permission
code block, entering it only if we have the BQL.
Ok, apart from this permissions issue and assert_bdrv_graph_writable, I
should have addressed all main comments of this series. Assume that for
the others where I did not explicitly answered, I agree and applied your