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Date:   Wed, 30 Dec 2020 23:05:04 +0900
From:   Minwoo Im <>
Cc:     Jens Axboe <>,
        Alexander Viro <>,
        Christoph Hellwig <>
Subject: Re: [RFC] block: reject I/O in BLKRRPART if block size changed

On 20-12-27 03:02:32, Minwoo Im wrote:
> Background:
>   Let's say we have 2 LBA format for 4096B and 512B LBA size for a
> NVMe namespace.  Assume that current LBA format is 4096B and in case
> we convert namespace to 512B and 4096B back again:
>   nvme format /dev/nvme0n1 --lbaf=1 --force  # to 512B LBA
>   nvme format /dev/nvme0n1 --lbaf=0 --force  # to 4096B LBA
>   Then we can see the following errors during the BLKRRPART ioctl from
> the nvme-cli format subcommand:
>   [   10.771740] blk_update_request: operation not supported error, dev nvme0n1, sector 0 op 0x0:(READ) flags 0x0 phys_seg 1 prio class 0
>   [   10.780262] Buffer I/O error on dev nvme0n1, logical block 0, async page read
>   ...
>   Also, we can see the Read commands followed by the Format command due
> to BLKRRPART ioctl with Number of LBAs to 65535(0xffff) which is
> under-flowed because the request for the Read commands are coming with
> 512B and this is because it's playing around with i_blkbits from the
> block_device inode which needs to be avoided as [1].
>   kworker/0:1H-56      [000] ....   913.456922: nvme_setup_cmd: nvme0: disk=nvme0n1, qid=1, cmdid=216, nsid=1, flags=0x0, meta=0x0, cmd=(nvme_cmd_read slba=0, len=65535, ctrl=0x0, dsmgmt=0, reftag=0)
>   ksoftirqd/0-9       [000] .Ns.   916.566351: nvme_complete_rq: nvme0: disk=nvme0n1, qid=1, cmdid=216, res=0x0, retries=0, flags=0x0, status=0x4002
>   ...
>   Before we have commit 5ff9f19231a0 ("block: simplify
> set_init_blocksize"), block size used to be bumped up to the
> 4K(PAGE_SIZE) in this example and we have not seen these errors.  But
> with this patch, we have to make sure that bdev->bd_inode->i_blkbits to
> make sure that BLKRRPART ioctl pass proper request length based on the
> changed logical block size.
> Description:
>   As the previous discussion [1], this patch introduced a gendisk flag
> to indicate that block size has been changed in the runtime.  This flag
> is set when logical block size is changed in the runtime with sector
> capacity itself.  It will be cleared when the file descriptor for the
> block devie is opened again which means __blkdev_get() updates the block
> size via set_init_blocksize().
>   This patch rejects I/O from the path of add_partitions() and
> application should open the file descriptor again to update the block
> size of the block device inode.
> [1]
> Signed-off-by: Minwoo Im <>


Sorry for the noises here.  Please ignore this patch.  Will try to
prepare a new one for this issue.


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