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From: Miroslav Benes <>
Subject: Re: the qemu-nbd process automatically exit with the commit 43347d56c 'livepatch: send a fake signal to all blocking tasks'
Date: Wed, 14 Apr 2021 13:27:43 +0200 (CEST)	[thread overview]
Message-ID: <> (raw)
In-Reply-To: <20210414115548.0cdb529b@slime>


On Wed, 14 Apr 2021, wrote:

> I found the qemu-nbd process(started with qemu-nbd -t -c /dev/nbd0
> nbd.qcow2) will automatically exit when I patched for functions of
> the nbd with livepatch.
> The nbd relative source:
> static int nbd_start_device_ioctl(struct nbd_device *nbd, struct block_device *bdev)
> {                                                                               
>         struct nbd_config *config = nbd->config;                                
>         int ret;                                                                
>         ret = nbd_start_device(nbd);                                            
>         if (ret)                                                                
>                 return ret;                                                     
>         if (max_part)                                                           
>                 bdev->bd_invalidated = 1;                                       
>         mutex_unlock(&nbd->config_lock);                                        
>         ret = wait_event_interruptible(config->recv_wq,                         
>                                          atomic_read(&config->recv_threads) == 0);
>         if (ret)                                                                
>                 sock_shutdown(nbd);                                             
>         flush_workqueue(nbd->recv_workq);                                       
>         mutex_lock(&nbd->config_lock);                                          
>         nbd_bdev_reset(bdev);                                                   
>         /* user requested, ignore socket errors */                              
>         if (test_bit(NBD_RT_DISCONNECT_REQUESTED, &config->runtime_flags))      
>                 ret = 0;                                                        
>         if (test_bit(NBD_RT_TIMEDOUT, &config->runtime_flags))                  
>                 ret = -ETIMEDOUT;                                               
>         return ret;                                                             
> }

So my understanding is that ndb spawns a number (config->recv_threads) of 
workqueue jobs and then waits for them to finish. It waits interruptedly. 
Now, any signal would make wait_event_interruptible() to return 
-ERESTARTSYS. Livepatch fake signal is no exception there. The error is 
then propagated back to the userspace. Unless a user requested a 
disconnection or there is timeout set. How does the userspace then reacts 
to it? Is _interruptible there because the userspace sends a signal in 
case of NBD_RT_DISCONNECT_REQUESTED set? How does the userspace handles 
ordinary signals? This all sounds a bit strange, but I may be missing 
something easily.

> When the nbd waits for atomic_read(&config->recv_threads) == 0, the klp
> will send a fake signal to it then the qemu-nbd process exits. And the
> signal of sysfs to control this action was removed in the commit
> 10b3d52790e 'livepatch: Remove signal sysfs attribute'. Are there other
> ways to control this action? How?

No, there is no way currently. We send a fake signal automatically.


       reply	other threads:[~2021-04-14 11:27 UTC|newest]

Thread overview: 6+ messages / expand[flat|nested]  mbox.gz  Atom feed  top
     [not found] <20210414115548.0cdb529b@slime>
2021-04-14 11:27 ` Miroslav Benes [this message]
2021-04-14 14:52   ` xiaojun.zhao141
2021-04-14 15:21   ` xiaojun.zhao141
2021-04-14 17:21     ` Josef Bacik
2021-04-15  6:27       ` xiaojun.zhao141
2021-04-15  8:37       ` Miroslav Benes

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