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From: Maxim Levitsky <>
To: Paolo Bonzini <>,
	Christoph Hellwig <>, Keith Busch <>
	Kevin Wolf <>,
	Michael Roth <>
Subject: Re: Commit 'iomap: add support for dma aligned direct-io' causes qemu/KVM boot failures
Date: Sun, 02 Oct 2022 11:59:42 +0300	[thread overview]
Message-ID: <> (raw)
In-Reply-To: <>

On Thu, 2022-09-29 at 19:35 +0200, Paolo Bonzini wrote:
> On 9/29/22 18:39, Christoph Hellwig wrote:
> > On Thu, Sep 29, 2022 at 10:37:22AM -0600, Keith Busch wrote:
> > > > I am aware, and I've submitted the fix to qemu here:
> > > > 
> > > >
> > > 
> > > I don't think so. Memory alignment and length granularity are two completely
> > > different concepts. If anything, the kernel's ABI had been that the length
> > > requirement was also required for the memory alignment, not the other way
> > > around. That usage will continue working with this kernel patch.

Yes, this is how I also understand it - for example for O_DIRECT on a file which
resides on 4K block device, you have to use page aligned buffers.

But here after the patch, 512 aligned buffer starts working as well - If I
understand you correctly the ABI didn't guarantee that such usage would fail,
but rather that it might fail.

> > 
> > Well, Linus does treat anything that breaks significant userspace
> > as a regression.  Qemu certainly is significant, but that might depend
> > on bit how common configurations hitting this issue are.
> Seeing the QEMU patch, I agree that it's a QEMU bug though.  I'm 
> surprised it has ever worked.
> It requires 4K sectors in the host but not in the guest, and can be 
> worked around (if not migrating) by disabling O_DIRECT.  I think it's 
> not that awful, but we probably should do some extra releases of QEMU 
> stable branches.
> Paolo

I must admit I am out of the loop on the exact requirements of the O_DIRECT.

If I understand that correctly, after the patch in question, 
qemu is able to use just 512 bytes aligned buffer to read a single 4K block from the disk,
which supposed to fail but wasn't guarnteed to fail.

Later qemu it submits iovec which also reads a 4K block but in two parts,
and if I understand that correctly, each part (iov) is considered
to be a separate IO operation,  and thus each has to be in my case 4K in size, 
and its memory buffer *should* also be 4K aligned.

(but it can work with smaller alignement as well).

Assuming that I understand all of this correctly, I agree with Paolo that this is qemu
bug, but I do fear that it can cause quite some problems for users,
especially for users that use outdated qemu version.

It might be too much to ask, but maybe add a Kconfig option to keep legacy behavier
for those that need it?

Best regards,
	Maxim Levitsky

  reply	other threads:[~2022-10-02  9:00 UTC|newest]

Thread overview: 11+ messages / expand[flat|nested]  mbox.gz  Atom feed  top
2022-09-29 15:41 Commit 'iomap: add support for dma aligned direct-io' causes qemu/KVM boot failures Maxim Levitsky
2022-09-29 15:48 ` Keith Busch
2022-09-29 16:16   ` Maxim Levitsky
2022-09-29 16:37     ` Keith Busch
2022-09-29 16:39       ` Christoph Hellwig
2022-09-29 17:35         ` Paolo Bonzini
2022-10-02  8:59           ` Maxim Levitsky [this message]
2022-10-02 13:56             ` Keith Busch
2022-10-03  7:06               ` Maxim Levitsky
2022-09-30 11:52 ` Thorsten Leemhuis
2022-11-04 11:59   ` Commit 'iomap: add support for dma aligned direct-io' causes qemu/KVM boot failures #forregzbot Thorsten Leemhuis

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