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From: Laurence Oberman <>
To: Mike Snitzer <>, Christoph Hellwig <>
Cc: Jens Axboe <>,,,
Subject: Re: [PATCH v3 0/4] nvme: improve error handling and ana_state to work well with dm-multipath
Date: Tue, 20 Apr 2021 11:46:26 -0400
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On Tue, 2021-04-20 at 10:38 -0400, Mike Snitzer wrote:
> On Tue, Apr 20 2021 at  5:37am -0400,
> Christoph Hellwig <> wrote:
> > > RHEL9 is coming, would really prefer that these changes land
> > > upstream
> > > rather than carry them within RHEL.
> > 
> > We've told from the very beginning that dm-multipth on nvme is not
> > a support configuration.
> You have some high quality revisionist history there. But other than
> pointing that out I'm not going to dwell on our past discussions on
> how
> NVMe multipathing would be.
> > Red Hat decided to ignore that and live with the pain.
> Red Hat supports both native nvme-multipath _and_ DM-multipath on
> NVMe.
> The only "pain" I've been living with is trying to get you to be
> impartial and allow others to provide Linux multipathing as they see
> fit.
> > Your major version change is a chance to fix this up on the Red Hat
> > side, not to resubmit bogus patches upstream.
> Please spare me the vapid and baseless assertion about patches you
> refuse to review technically without political motivation.
> > In other words: please get your house in order NOW.
> My simple 3 patch submission was an attempt to do so. Reality is the
> Linux NVMe maintainers need to get their collective house in order.
> Until sanity prevails these NVMe changes will be carried in RHEL. And
> if
> you go out of your way to cause trivial, or elaborate, conflicts now
> that you _know_ that changes that are being carried it will be
> handled
> without issue.
> Sad this is where we are but it is what it is.
> Linux is about choice that is founded upon need. Hostile action that
> unilaterally limits choice is antithetical to Linux and Open Source.
> Mike


Let me add some reasons why as primarily a support person that this is
important and try avoid another combative situation. 

Customers depend on managing device-mapper-multipath the way it is now
even with the advent of nvme-over-F/C. Years of administration and
management for multiple Enterprise O/S vendor customers (Suse/Red Hat,
Oracle) all depend on managing multipath access in a transparent way.

I respect everybody's point of view here but native does change log
alerting and recovery and that is what will take time for customers to

It is going to take time for Enterprise customers to transition so all
we want is an option for them. At some point they will move to native
but we always like to keep in step with upstream as much as possible.

Of course we could live with RHEL-only for while but that defeats our
intention to be as close to upstream as possible.

If we could have this accepted upstream for now perhaps when customers
are ready to move to native only we could phase this out.

Any technical reason why this would not fly is of course important to
consider but perhaps for now we have a parallel option until we dont.

With due respect to all concerned.

Laurence Oberman

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Thread overview: 15+ messages / expand[flat|nested]  mbox.gz  Atom feed  top
2021-04-16 23:53 Mike Snitzer
2021-04-16 23:53 ` [PATCH v4 1/3] nvme: return BLK_STS_DO_NOT_RETRY if the DNR bit is set Mike Snitzer
2021-04-20  9:34   ` Christoph Hellwig
2021-04-16 23:53 ` [PATCH v4 2/3] nvme: allow local retry and proper failover for REQ_FAILFAST_TRANSPORT Mike Snitzer
2021-04-16 23:53 ` [PATCH v4 3/3] nvme: decouple basic ANA log page re-read support from native multipathing Mike Snitzer
2021-04-20  9:34   ` Christoph Hellwig
2021-04-20 14:17     ` Mike Snitzer
2021-04-17  0:02 ` [PATCH v4 0/4] nvme: improve error handling and ana_state to work well with dm-multipath Mike Snitzer
2021-04-19 14:56   ` Mike Snitzer
2021-04-20  9:37 ` [PATCH v3 " Christoph Hellwig
2021-04-20 14:38   ` Mike Snitzer
2021-04-20 15:46     ` Laurence Oberman [this message]
2021-05-01 11:58       ` Hannes Reinecke
2021-05-01 15:19         ` Mike Snitzer
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2021-04-16 22:06 Mike Snitzer

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