Re: [PATCH 25/20] sysfs: Only support removing emtpy sysfs directories.

From: James Bottomley
Date: Wed May 27 2009 - 17:42:46 EST

On Wed, 2009-05-27 at 17:31 -0400, Alan Stern wrote:
> On Wed, 27 May 2009, James Bottomley wrote:
> > > I can't tell whether you understood my point. After a scsi_device is
> > > unregistered but before it is released -- i.e., when its state is
> > > SDEV_DEL -- it _is_ essentially unusable. So why wait until it is
> > > released to decrement the target's device counter? Why not do the
> > > decrement in __scsi_remove_device()?
> >
> > because the use model of the device still requires a valid target. Even
> > though it gets gated in several places in SDEV_DEL, we still have use of
> > the target parent. This is fixable, but only by a long audit of all the
> > sdev uses plus the enforcement of no use of target in DEL state rule,
> > which adds complexity.
> You're failing to distinguish properly between "delete" and "release".
> A target (or device in general) is deleted when it is removed from
> visibility -- i.e., when device_del() is called. It is released when
> the final put_device() call occurs and the data structure is
> deallocated.

I find the terms delete and release too close for comfort, which is why
I've always been careful to say remove from visibility.

> So, all I'm saying is there's nothing wrong with deleting a target
> when all its children are deleted, provided the target isn't released
> until all the children are released. Below you say the same thing.
> > > > Perhaps I haven't made the problem clear enough. You only want early
> > > > del if the host is going away, otherwise the target might be reused and
> > > > it can't be if you've called del on it. So there needs to be an
> > > > integration into the host lifecycle in some form.
> > >
> > > Yes, granted. That integration doesn't have to be complicated.
> > > Basically, you just decrement the counters in all the targets when
> > > setting a host's state to SHOST_DEL or SHOST_DEL_RECOVERY. At that
> >
> If you prefer. I thought SHOST_DEL would be more appropriate because
> it occurs after scsi_forget_host() is called. All those transitions
> occur in scsi_remove_host(), anyway.

I mean in all four states.

> > > point there's no reason to keep an unpopulated target around, right?
> >
> > If the child list were empty, sure. However, it's likely not going to
> > be at this point.
> Regardless, it will work either way.
> > > Up until that point, the counter's value should be one more than the
> > > number of underlying sdevs. So if the counter decrements to 0 then
> > > there were no underlying sdevs and the target is deleted immediately;
> > > otherwise it is deleted when the last remaining sdev is deleted.
> >
> > No, that's the problem. It can be removed from visibility if it has no
> > visible sdevs, but it can't be deleted until the last sdev is released.
> Allow me to rephrase this: A target can be removed from visibility if
> it has no visible sdevs, but it can't be _released_ until the last sdev
> is released.
> That's fine. You remove a target from visibility when target->reap_ref
> becomes 0. The target isn't released until the target's embedded
> struct device's refcount becomes 0. To make this work, simply have
> scsi_alloc_sdev() call
> get_device(&starget->dev);
> and have scsi_device_dev_release_usercontext() call
> put_device(&starget->dev);
> Doesn't that do exactly what you're asking for?

That's um what we do to day ... the addition has to be to the visibility


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