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From: Paul Durrant <xadimgnik@gmail.com>
To: Michael Brown <mcb30@ipxe.org>, Wei Liu <wei.liu@kernel.org>,
	xen-devel@lists.xenproject.org, netdev@vger.kernel.org,
	Paul Durrant <pdurrant@amazon.com>
Subject: Re: xen-netback hotplug-status regression bug
Date: Tue, 13 Apr 2021 11:55:36 +0100	[thread overview]
Message-ID: <54659eec-e315-5dc5-1578-d91633a80077@xen.org> (raw)
In-Reply-To: <58ccc3b7-9ccb-b9bf-84e7-4a023ccb5c56@ipxe.org>

On 13/04/2021 11:48, Michael Brown wrote:
> On 13/04/2021 08:12, Paul Durrant wrote:
>>> If the frontend subsequently disconnects and reconnects (e.g. 
>>> transitions through Closed->Initialising->Connected) then:
>>>
>>> - Nothing recreates "hotplug-status"
>>>
>>> - When the frontend re-enters Connected state, connect() sets up a 
>>> watch on "hotplug-status" again
>>>
>>> - The callback hotplug_status_changed() is never triggered, and so 
>>> the backend device never transitions to Connected state.
>>
>> That's not how I read it. Given that "hotplug-status" is removed by 
>> the call to hotplug_status_changed() then the next call to connect() 
>> should fail to register the watch and 'have_hotplug_status_watch' 
>> should be 0. Thus backend_switch_state() should not defer the 
>> transition to XenbusStateConnected in any subsequent interaction with 
>> the frontend.
> 
> Thank you for the reply.  I've tested and confirmed my initial 
> hypothesis: the call to xenbus_watch_pathfmt() succeeds even if the node 
> does not exist.
> 
> I confirmed this with ftrace using:
> 
>   cd /sys/kernel/debug/tracing
>   echo function_graph > current_tracer
>   echo set_backend_state > set_ftrace_filter
>   echo xenbus_watch_pathfmt >> set_ftrace_filter
>   echo register_xenbus_watch >> set_ftrace_filter
>   echo xenbus_dev_fatal >> set_ftrace_filter
> 
> On the second time that the frontend transitions to Connected, this 
> produced the trace:
> 
>   set_backend_state [xen_netback]() {
>     register_xenbus_watch();
>     register_xenbus_watch();
>     xenbus_watch_pathfmt() {
>       register_xenbus_watch();
>     }
>   }
> 
> which seems to confirm that the error path in xenbus_watch_path() is 
> *not* taken, i.e. that the call to register_xenbus_watch() succeeded 
> even though the node did not exist.
> 
> 
> Other observations also seem to confirm this behaviour:
> 
> - Running "xenstore ls" in dom0 confirms that on the second frontend 
> transition to Connected, the frontend state is indeed Connected (4) but 
> the backend state remains in InitWait (2)
> 
> - Running "xenstore watch 
> /local/domain/0/backend/vif/<domU>/0/hotplug-status" *before* starting 
> the domU confirms that it is possible to create a watch on a node that 
> does not (yet) exist, and that the watch *is* notified when the node is 
> later created.
> 
>> Are you seeing the watch successfully re-registered even though the 
>> node does not exist? Perhaps there has been a change in xenstore 
>> behaviour?
> 
> So, the TL;DR is that yes, the watch does successfully register even 
> though the node does not exist.
> 
>  From a quick look through the xenstored source, it looks as though the 
> only check on the node name is the call to is_valid_nodename(), which 
> seems to perform a syntactic validity check only.  I can't immediately 
> find any commit that would have changed this behaviour.
> 

Ok, so it sound like this was probably my misunderstanding of xenstore 
semantics in the first place (although I'm sure I remember watch 
registration failing for non-existent nodes at some point in the past... 
that may have been with a non-upstream version of oxenstored though).

Anyway... a reasonable fix would therefore be to read the node first and 
only register the watch if it does exist.

   Paul

> Thanks,
> 
> Michael



  reply	other threads:[~2021-04-13 10:55 UTC|newest]

Thread overview: 23+ messages / expand[flat|nested]  mbox.gz  Atom feed  top
2021-04-10 18:25 Michael Brown
2021-04-13  7:12 ` Paul Durrant
2021-04-13 10:48   ` Michael Brown
2021-04-13 10:55     ` Paul Durrant [this message]
2021-04-13 15:14       ` Michael Brown
2021-04-13 15:25       ` [PATCH] xen-netback: Check for hotplug-status existence before watching Michael Brown
2021-04-13 19:12         ` Paul Durrant
2021-04-13 22:30         ` patchwork-bot+netdevbpf
2021-05-10 18:32         ` Marek Marczykowski-Górecki
2021-05-10 18:47           ` Michael Brown
2021-05-10 18:53             ` Marek Marczykowski-Górecki
2021-05-10 19:06               ` Michael Brown
2021-05-10 19:42                 ` Marek Marczykowski-Górecki
2021-05-11  7:06                   ` Durrant, Paul
2021-05-11 10:40                     ` Marek Marczykowski-Górecki
2021-05-11 10:45                       ` Marek Marczykowski-Górecki
2021-05-11 12:46                         ` Durrant, Paul
2021-05-17 21:43                           ` Marek Marczykowski-Górecki
2021-05-17 21:51                             ` Michael Brown
2021-05-17 21:58                               ` Marek Marczykowski-Górecki
2021-05-18  6:57                             ` Paul Durrant
2021-05-18  9:18                               ` Marek Marczykowski-Górecki
     [not found]                                 ` <887f9533f5c54bfabfbff7231eb99b08@EX13D32EUC003.ant.amazon.com>
     [not found]                                   ` <YKOMpXwcnr9QiXy8@mail-itl>
     [not found]                                     ` <2c23e102b6254e42877eb1e8fe68a4f7@EX13D32EUC003.ant.amazon.com>
2021-05-18 10:42                                       ` Marek Marczykowski-Górecki

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