On 02/15/2016 12:26 PM, Chris Leech wrote:
> On Fri, Feb 12, 2016 at 09:54:51AM -0800, James Bottomley wrote:
>> On Fri, 2016-02-12 at 09:38 -0800, Lee Duncan wrote:
>>> The scsi_transport_iscsi module already uses the ida_simple
>>> routines for managing the target ID, if requested to do
>>> so. This change replaces an ever-increasing atomic integer
>>> that tracks the session ID itself with the ida_simple
>>> family of routines. This means that the session ID
>>> will be reclaimed and can be reused when the session
>>> is freed.
>> Is reusing session ID's really a good idea?  For sequential sessions it
>> means that the ID of the next session will be re-used, i.e. the same as
>> the previous sessions, which could lead to target confusion.  I think
>> local uniqueness of session IDs is more important than wrap around
>> because sessions are short lived entities and the chances of the same
>> session being alive by the time we've wrapped is pretty tiny.
> I've got a few complaints about target resources being tied up because
> we don't reuse session IDs.  The ISID becomes a component in the
> I_T nexus identifier, so changing it invalidates persistent reservations.
>> If you can demostrate a multi-target problem, perhaps we should rather
>> fix this by making the next session id a target local quantity?
> Mike's got a good point that we don't really need to base the ISID off
> of our local session identifier (kobject name).  I think getting reuse
> right may be a bit trickier than being a target local value, because it
> needs to be unique across target portal groups.  Which probably furthers
> the argument that we should deal with that in the userspace tools.
> If we plan to split the protocol ISID cleanly from the kobject name,
> I guess the question is if aggressive reuse of the local identifier is
> better than dealing with the unlikely collision on rollover?

I thought Lee's patch to convert the host_no from a atomic_t to ida
based was merged in Martin's tree. If that is going upstream, then I
thought you would want to fix the session id too.

Is the concern similar to /dev/sdX reuse and bad apps? In this case,
some app might do a logout and login, but not update the sysfs mapping.
You could then hit corruption due to the sysfs session id now mapping to
a different target.

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