[dm-devel] virtio_blk: fix defaults for max_hw_sectors and max_segment_size

Mike Snitzer snitzer at redhat.com
Fri Nov 21 01:59:41 UTC 2014

On Thu, Nov 20 2014 at  2:00pm -0500,
Mike Snitzer <snitzer at redhat.com> wrote:

> virtio_blk incorrectly established -1U as the default for these
> queue_limits.  Set these limits to sane default values to avoid crashing
> the kernel.  But the virtio-blk protocol should probably be extended to
> allow proper stacking of the disk's limits from the host.
> This change fixes a crash that was reported when virtio-blk was used to
> test linux-dm.git commit 604ea90641b4 ("dm thin: adjust max_sectors_kb
> based on thinp blocksize") that will initially set max_sectors to
> max_hw_sectors and then rounddown to the first power-of-2 factor of the
> DM thin-pool's blocksize.  Basically that commit assumes drivers don't
> suck when establishing max_hw_sectors so it acted like a canary in the
> coal mine.

I have changed that DM thinp code to not be so fragile with this
follow-on fix:

> In the case of a DM thin-pool built ontop of virtio-blk data device
> these are the insane limits that were established for the DM thin-pool:
>   # cat /sys/block/dm-6/queue/max_sectors_kb
>   1073741824
>   # cat /sys/block/dm-6/queue/max_hw_sectors_kb
>   2147483647
> by stacking the virtio-blk device's limits:
>   # cat /sys/block/vdb/queue/max_sectors_kb
>   512
>   # cat /sys/block/vdb/queue/max_hw_sectors_kb
>   2147483647
> Attempting to mkfs.xfs against a thin device from this thin-pool quickly
> resulted in fs/direct-io.c:dio_send_cur_page()'s BUG_ON.

But virtio_blk really must be fixed.  I'll post v2 of this patch with a
revised header that skips all the references to DM thinp, etc.

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