On 2016/9/21 23:04, Mike Snitzer wrote:
> On Wed, Sep 21 2016 at  5:14am -0400,
> jiangyiwen <jiangyi...@huawei.com> wrote:
> 
>> Hi guys,
>>
>> I'm sorry if someone else has already asked the same question before, but
>> here's what we are facing with generic multipath.
>>
>> We were evaluating SCSI-3 PR and hit the following issue:
>>
>> Our IPSAN has two controllers (C1/C2). Our host is connected to both
>> controllers. So we have 2 I_T nexus. The same key is registered on each I_T
>> nexus. When we issue SCSI-3 PR RESERE through generic multipath, the
>> reservation will be placed on one of the controllers (say, C1). Now if we
>> issue SCSI-3 PR RELEASE, generic multipath will select _only_ one of its
>> paths based on user defined path selection policy. The problem is that, if
>> the selected path leads to controller C2, which does not hold the
>> reservation, the reservation won't be released - and what's more, since the
>> reservation is done by the same host, the RELEASE command returns
>> successfully. So this gives us the illusion that the reservation is released
>> but in fact it is still there.
>>
>> I know that there's a user space tool mpathpersist that can handle this
>> problem by issuing release command on all available paths, but here I am
>> talking about doing same thing in kernel space. So my question is, is there
>> anyone who is working on supporting SCSI-3 PR in a multiple controller
>> environment?
>>
>> Please advise. Thanks in advance!
> 
> Which kernel are you using?  Christoph (now cc'd) has introduced a new
> PR api.  I merged a fix from him relatively recently (commit 9c72bad1f3
> "dm: call PR reserve/unreserve on each underlying device")
> 
> Mike
> 
> .
> 
Hello Mike and Christoph,

Thanks for the feedback! We are using ancient 3.0.x kernel so I guess we need to
backport the PR API.

I briefly reviewed the PR API. If I understand correctly, a bunch of PR
dedicated operations (pr_ops) are defined in block_device_operations, which
includes register, reserve, release, preempt and clear operations. But among
these operations, only register() calls dm_call_pr(), which in turns iterates
over the device for each path and does the registeration.

My point is, we also need to do this in release operation, so that we can
eliminate the possibility of trying to release the reservation on the wrong
controller and get a fake success.

Also, since device mapper or multipath doesn't have any idea of which path
(and/or I_T nexus) has registered its key or holds the reservation, it's quite
difficult for the APIs to handle failures like path breakage. Right now, it is
up to the API user to do the error handling, which, IMHO, is painful. I am
wondering whether this could be done within dm/multipath. Please advise.

Thanks,
Yiwen

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