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Re: [Qemu-devel] [PATCH 2/3] move vm stop/start to migrate_set_state

From: Gleb Natapov
Subject: Re: [Qemu-devel] [PATCH 2/3] move vm stop/start to migrate_set_state
Date: Mon, 13 Jul 2009 08:31:39 +0300

On Sun, Jul 12, 2009 at 02:10:43PM -0500, Anthony Liguori wrote:
> Avi Kivity wrote:
>> On 07/12/2009 06:31 AM, Anthony Liguori wrote:
>>> Jamie Lokier wrote:
>>>> If you get an error during the last write(), I wouldn't trust that to
>>>> mean the recipient will definitely not see the data you wrote.  (Enjoy
>>>> the double negative).  It's another variation of the handshake
>>>> uncertainty, this time reflected in what write() should report when
>>>> it's uncertain about a network transmission.  If it reports an error
>>>> when it's uncertain, then you can't trust that a write() error means
>>>> the data was not written, only that a problem was detected.
>>> I think you're stretching here.  If it really were the case that  
>>> write() could actually result in data being sent out the wire and yet 
>>> still returning an error, it would make all error handling in Unix  
>>> unmanagable.  I can't believe this is possible in Linux and without  
>>> an actual counter-example, I'm inclined to believe the same is true  
>>> for every other OS out there.
>> It's actually a common scenario for block devices.  I don't know about  
>> networking, but for disks a write can be completed and then report an  
>> error if the cable or power was disconnected before the acknowledge  
>> could arrive.
> Is it common that a disk cable is yanked out before the ack arrives?   
> Are their gremlins in your servers :-)
>> It could conceivably happen with networking if the device reports an  
>> error when it isn't sure if the data was sent out or not (but it  
>> actually was), or if some path after the transmission required a  
>> memory allocation, which failed.
> But does this actually happen or is this all theoretical?
With unreliable socket it doesn't matter what write() returns data may
or may not reach the destination regardless, with reliable sockets
write() succeeds only after data was acked by the receiver, but it still
doesn't mean that data will be read from destination socket.


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