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Re: [Xen-devel] [PATCH 4/4] xen/xenbus: Avoid synchronous wait on XenBus stalling shutdown/restart.

On 08/11/13 17:38, Konrad Rzeszutek Wilk wrote:
> The 'read_reply' works with 'process_msg' to read of a reply in XenBus.
> 'process_msg' is running from within the 'xenbus' thread. Whenever
> a message shows up in XenBus it is put on a xs_state.reply_list list
> and 'read_reply' picks it up.
> The problem is if the backend domain or the xenstored process is killed.
> In which case 'xenbus' is still awaiting - and 'read_reply' if called -
> stuck forever waiting for the reply_list to have some contents.
> This is normally not a problem - as the backend domain can come back
> or the xenstored process can be restarted. However if the domain
> is in process of being powered off/restarted/halted - there is no
> point of waiting on it coming back - as we are effectively being
> terminated and should not impede the progress.
> This patch solves this problem by checking the 'system_state' value
> to see if we are in heading towards death. We also make the wait
> mechanism a bit more asynchronous.

This seems to be checking the wrong thing conceptually.  We should abort
the wait if xenstored is dead not if our domain is dying.

I think you can consider xenstored as dead if:

a) it's local and we're dying.
b) it's remote and the remote domain is dead.

> Fixes-Bug: http://bugs.xenproject.org/xen/bug/8

This bug link has no useful information in it.

> --- a/drivers/xen/xenbus/xenbus_xs.c
> +++ b/drivers/xen/xenbus/xenbus_xs.c
> @@ -148,9 +148,24 @@ static void *read_reply(enum xsd_sockmsg_type *type, 
> unsigned int *len)
>       while (list_empty(&xs_state.reply_list)) {
>               spin_unlock(&xs_state.reply_lock);
> -             /* XXX FIXME: Avoid synchronous wait for response here. */
> -             wait_event(xs_state.reply_waitq,
> -                        !list_empty(&xs_state.reply_list));
> +             wait_event_timeout(xs_state.reply_waitq,
> +                                !list_empty(&xs_state.reply_list),
> +                                msecs_to_jiffies(500));

This is still a synchronous wait.  Is the removal of the FIXME comment

> +
> +             /*
> +              * If we are in the process of being shut-down there is
> +              * no point of trying to contact XenBus - it is either
> +              * killed (xenstored application) or the other domain
> +              * has been killed or is unreachable.

Not necessarily, xenstore could just be slow.


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