Re: [PATCH] 2.5.30 IDE 113

From: Jens Axboe (
Date: Tue Aug 06 2002 - 06:03:54 EST

On Tue, Aug 06 2002, Marcin Dalecki wrote:
> Uz.ytkownik Jens Axboe napisa?:
> >On Tue, Aug 06 2002, Petr Vandrovec wrote:
> >
> >>>After all ide_raw_taskfile only gets used for REQ_SPECIAL request
> >>>types. This does *not* contain normal data request from block IO.
> >>>As of master slave issues - well we have the data pre allocated per
> >>>device not per channel! If q->request_fn would properly return the
> >>>error count instead of void, we could even get rid ot the
> >>>checking for rq->errors after finishment... But well that's
> >>>entierly different story.
> >>
> >>For example do_cmd_ioctl() invokes ide_raw_taskfile, without any locking.
> >>Two programs, both issuing HDIO_DRIVE_CMD at same time, will compete
> >>over one drive->srequest struct: you'll get same drive->srequest structure
> >>submitted twice to blk_insert_request (hm, Jens, will this trigger
> >>BUG, or will this just damage request list?).
> >
> >
> >Just silently damage request list. We _could_ easily add code to detect
> >this, but it's not been a problem in the past so not worth looking for.
> >
> >AFAICS, Petr is completely right wrt this race.
> For the ioctl case yes. But:
> 1. We already look for blk_queue_empty there.
> 2. We have just to deal properly with the queue plugging there
> to close it up.

I don't know what you mean here. Clearly this is an ide problem. If you
have a statically allocated request, you _must_ serialize that yourself.

> 3. I will just add spin locking on ide_lock to maintain that no two
> ioctl can overlapp at all.

Agrh god no. So you'll spin waiting for the ioctl to complete?

>From ide_raw_taskfile(), the right way to do it is:

        struct request *rq = blk_get_request(...);

This gets _everything_ right.

BTW, _glad to see you got rid of the horrible insert-and-execute stuff
in ide_raw_taskfile(). That was a layering violation.

> OK?

Not likely :-)

Jens Axboe

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