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Date:	Thu, 10 Jul 2014 12:33:05 +0200
From:	Richard Weinberger <>
To:	KY Srinivasan <>
Cc:	Christoph Hellwig <>,
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Subject: Re: [PATCH 6/8] Drivers: scsi: storvsc: Implement an abort handler

On Wed, Jul 9, 2014 at 8:51 PM, KY Srinivasan <> wrote:
>> -----Original Message-----
>> From: Christoph Hellwig []
>> Sent: Wednesday, July 9, 2014 1:44 AM
>> To: KY Srinivasan
>> Cc:;;
>> Subject: Re: [PATCH 6/8] Drivers: scsi: storvsc: Implement an abort handler
>> On Tue, Jul 08, 2014 at 05:46:50PM -0700, K. Y. Srinivasan wrote:
>> > Implement a simple abort handler. The host does not support "Abort";
>> > just ensure that all inflight I/Os have been accounted for.
>> The abort handler should abort a single command, not wait for all of them.
>> What issue do you see that this tries to address?
> On Azure, we sometimes have unbounded I/O latencies and some distributions (such as SLES12) based on recent kernels are invoking
> the "Abort Handler". Unfortunately, our scsi emulation on the host does not support aborting a command.
> The issue I have seen is that the upper level scsi code attempts error recovery when the command times out and finally frees up the command.
> The host subsequently responds to the command that has timed out and since the memory has been freed up, we end up touching freed memory
> in this driver. Since the host is also doing error recovery, by just delaying the error handler in the guest until we can account for all the in-flight commands,
> we can get around the problem.

I see strange issues in Azure and maybe they are related to this.
Some Linux machines crash in a way that no disk IO is possible (thus,
no SSH for me) but they still respond to
ping. It happens rather seldom (every few weeks).

Do you see similar symptoms?

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