Re: [PATCH] s390 (8/10): zfcp fixes.

From: Martin Schwidefsky
Date: Mon Mar 29 2004 - 06:05:26 EST

Hi Greg,

> > This is not ok. If you have to do something like this, I really suggest
> > that you not allow the "sub modules" be able to unload before the upper
> > module can. In fact, why would you want to do such a thing?
> How do sub modules help with the release function problem? The unit/port
> objects get unregistered in zfcp_unit_dequeue. This happens e.g. when
> a zfcp adapter gets removed because of a detach. After the last zfcp
> adapter got removed the module is in principle ready to be removed.
> Now there are two cases. 1) The module count of the zfcp module (or one
> of the non-existent sub-modules) is NOT increase because of the outstanding
> call to the release function. It obvious that the release function can't
> be part of the zfcp module(s) in this case. 2) The module count of the
> zfcp module(s) is elevated because of the outstanding call to release.
> Who does the module_put in this case? The release function only can do it
> if it is not part of ANY of the modules. If it is part of a zfcp module
> the cpu doing the module_put might not be able to get out of the release
> function fast enough before another cpu has removed the module(s)
> (including the sub-modules).
> Did I miss something ?
> > I still really strongly object to this patch. If it's a scsi problem,
> > fix it there, but odds are it's your driver's problem as no other scsi
> > driver needs this.
> If we can move the port/unit objects to the scsi mid layer that would
> "solve" the problem for the zfcp module. But the problem itself doesn't
> go away. It's just moved one step up the ladder.

Did I manage to convince you or are you just fed up with the discussion?
I'll ask because the zfcp patches are still pending and I want to get this
issue resolved before the next try to get them integrated.

blue skies,

Linux/390 Design & Development, IBM Deutschland Entwicklung GmbH
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