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[Qemu-block] [PULL v2 1/3] vl: pause vcpus before stopping iothreads

From: Stefan Hajnoczi
Subject: [Qemu-block] [PULL v2 1/3] vl: pause vcpus before stopping iothreads
Date: Thu, 15 Feb 2018 09:42:08 +0000

Commit dce8921b2baaf95974af8176406881872067adfa ("iothread: Stop threads
before main() quits") introduced iothread_stop_all() to avoid the
following virtio-scsi assertion failure:

  assert(blk_get_aio_context(d->conf.blk) == s->ctx);

Back then the assertion failed because when bdrv_close_all() made
d->conf.blk NULL, blk_get_aio_context() returned the global AioContext
instead of s->ctx.

The same assertion can still fail today when vcpus submit new I/O
requests after iothread_stop_all() has moved the BDS to the global

This patch hardens the iothread_stop_all() approach by pausing vcpus
before calling iothread_stop_all().

Note that the assertion failure is a race condition.  It is not possible
to reproduce it reliably.

Signed-off-by: Stefan Hajnoczi <address@hidden>
Message-id: address@hidden
Signed-off-by: Stefan Hajnoczi <address@hidden>
 vl.c | 12 ++++++++++--
 1 file changed, 10 insertions(+), 2 deletions(-)

diff --git a/vl.c b/vl.c
index 21878496ec..7a5554bc41 100644
--- a/vl.c
+++ b/vl.c
@@ -4767,10 +4767,18 @@ int main(int argc, char **argv, char **envp)
+    /* The ordering of the following is delicate.  Stop vcpus to prevent new
+     * I/O requests being queued by the guest.  Then stop IOThreads (this
+     * includes a drain operation and completes all request processing).  At
+     * this point emulated devices are still associated with their IOThreads
+     * (if any) but no longer have any work to do.  Only then can we close
+     * block devices safely because we know there is no more I/O coming.
+     */
+    pause_all_vcpus();
-    pause_all_vcpus();
     /* vhost-user must be cleaned up before chardevs.  */

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