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From: Eric Blake <eblake@redhat.com>
To: Vladimir Sementsov-Ogievskiy <vsementsov@virtuozzo.com>,
	"qemu-devel@nongnu.org" <qemu-devel@nongnu.org>
Cc: Kevin Wolf <kwolf@redhat.com>,
	"nbd@other.debian.org" <nbd@other.debian.org>,
	"libguestfs@redhat.com" <libguestfs@redhat.com>,
	"open list:Network Block Dev..." <qemu-block@nongnu.org>,
	Max Reitz <mreitz@redhat.com>
Subject: Re: [Qemu-devel] [PATCH 2/5] nbd: Prepare for NBD_CMD_FLAG_FAST_ZERO
Date: Fri, 30 Aug 2019 18:37:30 -0500
Message-ID: <911ecfee-675a-da91-19ec-dd11d6d21e78@redhat.com> (raw)
In-Reply-To: <9476b1d1-47e4-ecfd-eb23-5b2fbc1410e3@virtuozzo.com>

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On 8/30/19 1:07 PM, Vladimir Sementsov-Ogievskiy wrote:
> 23.08.2019 17:37, Eric Blake wrote:
>> Commit fe0480d6 and friends added BDRV_REQ_NO_FALLBACK as a way to
>> avoid wasting time on a preliminary write-zero request that will later
>> be rewritten by actual data, if it is known that the write-zero
>> request will use a slow fallback; but in doing so, could not optimize
>> for NBD.  The NBD specification is now considering an extension that
>> will allow passing on those semantics; this patch updates the new
>> protocol bits and 'qemu-nbd --list' output to recognize the bit, as
>> well as the new errno value possible when using the new flag; while
>> upcoming patches will improve the client to use the feature when
>> present, and the server to advertise support for it.
>>
>> Signed-off-by: Eric Blake <eblake@redhat.com>

>> +++ b/nbd/server.c
>> @@ -55,6 +55,8 @@ static int system_errno_to_nbd_errno(int err)
>>           return NBD_ENOSPC;
>>       case EOVERFLOW:
>>           return NBD_EOVERFLOW;
>> +    case ENOTSUP:
>> +        return NBD_ENOTSUP;
> 
> This may provoke returning NBD_ENOTSUP in other cases, not only new one we are going to add.

Correct. But the spec only said SHOULD avoid ENOTSUP in those other
cases, not MUST avoid ENOTSUP; and in practice, either the client that
is not suspecting it will treat it the same as NBD_EINVAL, or we've
managed to get a slightly better error message across than normal.  I
don't see that as a real show-stopper.

But if it bothers you, note that in nbdkit, I actually coded things up
to refuse to send NBD_EOVERFLOW unless NBD_CMD_FLAG_DF was set, and to
refuse to send NBD_ENOTSUP unless NBD_CMD_FLAG_FAST_ZERO was set. I
could copy that behavior here, if we want qemu to be that much stricter
as a server.

(Note to self: also check if, when using structured replies to send
error messages, in addition to the code, if the string contains
strerror(errno) from BEFORE the mapping, rather than after we've lost
information to the more-limited NBD_E* values)

-- 
Eric Blake, Principal Software Engineer
Red Hat, Inc.           +1-919-301-3226
Virtualization:  qemu.org | libvirt.org


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Thread overview: 43+ messages / expand[flat|nested]  mbox.gz  Atom feed  top
2019-08-23 14:30 [Qemu-devel] cross-project patches: Add NBD Fast Zero support Eric Blake
2019-08-23 14:34 ` [Qemu-devel] [PATCH 0/1] NBD protocol change to add fast zero support Eric Blake
2019-08-23 14:34   ` [Qemu-devel] [PATCH 1/1] protocol: Add NBD_CMD_FLAG_FAST_ZERO Eric Blake
2019-08-23 18:48     ` Wouter Verhelst
2019-08-23 18:58       ` Eric Blake
2019-08-24  6:44         ` Wouter Verhelst
2019-08-28  9:57     ` Vladimir Sementsov-Ogievskiy
2019-08-28 13:04       ` Eric Blake
2019-08-28 13:45         ` Vladimir Sementsov-Ogievskiy
2019-09-03 20:53   ` [Qemu-devel] [Libguestfs] [PATCH 0/1] NBD protocol change to add fast zero support Eric Blake
2019-08-23 14:37 ` [Qemu-devel] [PATCH 0/5] Add NBD fast zero support to qemu client and server Eric Blake
2019-08-23 14:37   ` [Qemu-devel] [PATCH 1/5] nbd: Improve per-export flag handling in server Eric Blake
2019-08-30 18:00     ` Vladimir Sementsov-Ogievskiy
2019-08-30 23:10       ` Eric Blake
2019-08-30 23:32         ` Eric Blake
2019-09-03 16:39           ` Eric Blake
2019-09-04 17:08     ` Vladimir Sementsov-Ogievskiy
2019-08-23 14:37   ` [Qemu-devel] [PATCH 2/5] nbd: Prepare for NBD_CMD_FLAG_FAST_ZERO Eric Blake
2019-08-30 18:07     ` Vladimir Sementsov-Ogievskiy
2019-08-30 23:37       ` Eric Blake [this message]
2019-08-31  8:11         ` Vladimir Sementsov-Ogievskiy
2019-09-03 18:49       ` Eric Blake
2019-08-31  8:20     ` Vladimir Sementsov-Ogievskiy
2019-08-23 14:37   ` [Qemu-devel] [PATCH 3/5] nbd: Implement client use of NBD FAST_ZERO Eric Blake
2019-08-30 18:11     ` Vladimir Sementsov-Ogievskiy
2019-08-23 14:37   ` [Qemu-devel] [PATCH 4/5] nbd: Implement server " Eric Blake
2019-08-30 18:40     ` Vladimir Sementsov-Ogievskiy
2019-08-23 14:37   ` [Qemu-devel] [PATCH 5/5] nbd: Tolerate more errors to structured reply request Eric Blake
2019-08-23 16:41     ` Eric Blake
2019-08-28 13:55   ` [Qemu-devel] [PATCH 0/5] Add NBD fast zero support to qemu client and server Vladimir Sementsov-Ogievskiy
2019-08-28 14:05     ` Eric Blake
2019-08-23 14:38 ` [Qemu-devel] [libnbd PATCH 0/1] libnbd support for new fast zero Eric Blake
2019-08-23 14:38   ` [Qemu-devel] [libnbd PATCH 1/1] api: Add support for FAST_ZERO flag Eric Blake
2019-08-27 12:25     ` [Qemu-devel] [Libguestfs] " Richard W.M. Jones
2019-08-23 14:40 ` [Qemu-devel] [nbdkit PATCH 0/3] nbdkit support for new NBD fast zero Eric Blake
2019-08-23 14:40   ` [Qemu-devel] [nbdkit PATCH 1/3] server: Add internal support for NBDKIT_FLAG_FAST_ZERO Eric Blake
2019-08-23 14:40   ` [Qemu-devel] [nbdkit PATCH 2/3] filters: Add .can_fast_zero hook Eric Blake
2019-08-23 14:40   ` [Qemu-devel] [nbdkit PATCH 3/3] plugins: " Eric Blake
2019-08-23 21:16     ` [Qemu-devel] [Libguestfs] " Eric Blake
2019-08-27 15:43     ` Richard W.M. Jones
2019-08-23 15:05 ` [Qemu-devel] cross-project patches: Add NBD Fast Zero support Vladimir Sementsov-Ogievskiy
2019-08-27 12:14 ` [Qemu-devel] [Libguestfs] " Richard W.M. Jones
2019-08-27 13:23   ` Eric Blake

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