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Re: [dm-devel] Snapshot target and DAX-capable devices



On Tue, 2018-08-28 at 13:56 -0400, Mike Snitzer wrote:
> On Tue, Aug 28 2018 at  3:50am -0400,
> Jan Kara <jack suse cz> wrote:
> 
> > On Mon 27-08-18 16:43:28, Kani, Toshi wrote:
> > > On Mon, 2018-08-27 at 18:07 +0200, Jan Kara wrote:
> > > > Hi,
> > > > 
> > > > I've been analyzing why fstest generic/081 fails when the backing device is
> > > > capable of DAX. The problem boils down to the failure of:
> > > > 
> > > > lvm vgcreate -f vg0 /dev/pmem0
> > > > lvm lvcreate -L 128M -n lv0 vg0
> > > > lvm lvcreate -s -L 4M -n snap0 vg0/lv0
> > > > 
> > > > The last command fails like:
> > > > 
> > > >   device-mapper: reload ioctl on (253:0) failed: Invalid argument
> > > >   Failed to lock logical volume vg0/lv0.
> > > >   Aborting. Manual intervention required.
> > > > 
> > > > And the core of the problem is that volume vg0/lv0 is originally of
> > > > DM_TYPE_DAX_BIO_BASED type but when the snapshot gets created, we try to
> > > > switch it to DM_TYPE_BIO_BASED because now the device stops supporting DAX.
> > > > The problem seems to be introduced by Ross' commit dbc626597 "dm: prevent
> > > > DAX mounts if not supported".
> > > > 
> > > > The question is whether / how this should be fixed. The current inability
> > > > to create snapshots of DAX-capable devices looks weird and the cryptic
> > > > failure makes it even worse (it took me quite a while to understand what is
> > > > failing and why). OTOH I see the rationale behind Ross' change as well.
> > > 
> > > Here are the dm-snap changes that went along with the original DAX
> > > support.
> > > 
> > > commit b5ab4a9ba55
> > > commit f6e629bd237
> > > 
> > > Basically, snapshots can be added/removed to DAX-capable devices, but
> > > snapshots need to be mounted without dax option.
> > 
> > Yes, and after these two commits things were working. But then commit
> > dbc626597 broke things again so currently snapshotting DAX-capable devices
> > does not work. Just try with 4.18...
> 
> Commit f6e629bd237 was a nasty hack, and commit dbc626597 exposed it as
> such.  But commit dbc626597 has caused us to regress.. so we need to fix
> it.
> 
> We could remove DM_TYPE_DAX_BIO_BASED completely.  But in the past I was
> reluctant to do so because it really is unclear how/if we can even
> support a device switching from DAX to non-DAX while IO is in-flight. DM
> supports suspending without flushing (via dmsetup suspend --noflush) and
> that could really be problematic if we leave DAX IO inflight and then
> switch the DM table such that the DM device no longer supports DAX.
> 
> I'm open to suggestions.

Right, commit f6e629bd237 is a hack, but I do not have a better idea at
this point...  For now, I am afraid that reverting commit dbc626597 may
be an option.

Thanks,
-Toshi



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