Re: [PATCH for-next] dm: fix missing bi_remaining accounting

From: Kent Overstreet
Date: Mon Nov 04 2013 - 15:12:15 EST

On Mon, Nov 04, 2013 at 10:06:00AM -0500, Mikulas Patocka wrote:
> On Fri, 1 Nov 2013, Jens Axboe wrote:
> > On 11/01/2013 07:59 AM, Mike Snitzer wrote:
> > > Add the missing bi_remaining increment, required by the block layer's
> > > new bio-chaining code, to both the verity and old snapshot DM targets.
> > >
> > > Otherwise users will hit the bi_remaining <= 0 BUG_ON in bio_endio().
> >
> > Thanks Mike, added to the mix.
> >
> > --
> > Jens Axboe
> Hi
> This improves a little bit on the previous patch, by replacing costly
> atomic_inc with cheap atomic_set.

IMO, this is a bad idea; the behaviour with this patch does _not_ match the
naming of bio_endio_nodec(), and the performance difference should be well in
the noise anyways because we're touching a cacheline we already have in cache
and won't be contended.

The fact that it's currently safe is accidental, I could see this easily
tripping people up and being a pain in the ass to debug in the future.

> From: Mikulas Patocka <mpatocka@xxxxxxxxxx>
> dm: change atomic_inc to atomic_set(1)
> There are places in dm where we save bi_endio and bi_private, set them to
> target's routine, submit the bio, from the target's bi_endio routine we
> restore bi_endio and bi_private and end the bio with bi_endio.
> This causes underflow of bi_remaining, so we must restore bi_remaining
> before ending the bio from the target bi_endio routine.
> The code uses atomic_inc for restoration of bi_remaining. This patch
> changes it to atomic_set(1) to avoid an interlocked instruction. In the
> target's bi_endio routine we are sure that bi_remaining is zero
> (otherwise, the bi_endio routine wouldn't be called) and there are no
> concurrent users of the bio, so we can replace atomic_inc with
> atomic_set(1).
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