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Date:   Sun, 10 May 2020 08:20:58 +0200
From:   Greg KH <>
To:     Luis Chamberlain <>
Cc:,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, Omar Sandoval <>,
        Hannes Reinecke <>,
        Michal Hocko <>,
        Christoph Hellwig <>
Subject: Re: [PATCH v4 1/5] block: revert back to synchronous request_queue

On Sat, May 09, 2020 at 03:10:54AM +0000, Luis Chamberlain wrote:
> Commit dc9edc44de6c ("block: Fix a blk_exit_rl() regression") merged on
> v4.12 moved the work behind blk_release_queue() into a workqueue after a
> splat floated around which indicated some work on blk_release_queue()
> could sleep in blk_exit_rl(). This splat would be possible when a driver
> called blk_put_queue() or blk_cleanup_queue() (which calls blk_put_queue()
> as its final call) from an atomic context.
> blk_put_queue() decrements the refcount for the request_queue kobject,
> and upon reaching 0 blk_release_queue() is called. Although blk_exit_rl()
> is now removed through commit db6d9952356 ("block: remove request_list code")
> on v5.0, we reserve the right to be able to sleep within blk_release_queue()
> context.
> The last reference for the request_queue must not be called from atomic
> context. *When* the last reference to the request_queue reaches 0 varies,
> and so let's take the opportunity to document when that is expected to
> happen and also document the context of the related calls as best as possible
> so we can avoid future issues, and with the hopes that the synchronous
> request_queue removal sticks.
> We revert back to synchronous request_queue removal because asynchronous
> removal creates a regression with expected userspace interaction with
> several drivers. An example is when removing the loopback driver, one
> uses ioctls from userspace to do so, but upon return and if successful,
> one expects the device to be removed. Likewise if one races to add another
> device the new one may not be added as it is still being removed. This was
> expected behavior before and it now fails as the device is still present
> and busy still. Moving to asynchronous request_queue removal could have
> broken many scripts which relied on the removal to have been completed if
> there was no error. Document this expectation as well so that this
> doesn't regress userspace again.
> Using asynchronous request_queue removal however has helped us find
> other bugs. In the future we can test what could break with this
> arrangement by enabling CONFIG_DEBUG_KOBJECT_RELEASE.

You are adding documenation and might_sleep() calls all over the place
in here, making the "real" change in the patch hard to pick out.

How about you split this up into 3 patches, one for documentation, one
for might_sleep() and one for the real change?  Or maybe just 2 patches,
but what you have here seems excessive.


greg k-h

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