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Re: RFC: tracking valid backing chain issue

From: Kevin Wolf
Subject: Re: RFC: tracking valid backing chain issue
Date: Tue, 20 Oct 2020 10:50:29 +0200

Am 20.10.2020 um 10:21 hat Nikolay Shirokovskiy geschrieben:
> Hi, all.
> I recently found a corner case when it is impossible AFAIK to find out valid
> backing chain after block commit operation. Imagine committing top image. 
> After
> commit ready state pivot is sent and then mgmt crashed. So far so good. Upon
> next start mgmt can either check block job status for non-autodissmised job or
> inspect backing chain to infer was pivot was successful or not in case of 
> older
> qemu.
> But imagine after mgmt crash qemu process was destroyed too. In this case 
> there
> is no option to know now what is valid backing chain. Yeah libvirt starts qemu
> process with -no-shutdown flags so process is not destroyed in case of 
> shutdown
> but still process can crash.

I don't think this is a problem.

Between completion of the job and finalising it, both the base node and
the top node are equivalent. You can access either and you'll always get
the same data.

So if libvirt didn't save that the job was already completed, it will
use the old image file, and it's fine. And if libvirt already sent the
job-finalize command, it will first have saved that the job was
completed and therefore use the new image, and it's fine, too.


> So corner case is very rare. Mgmt crash in a specific short moment and then
> qemu crash before mgmt is up again.
> I guess some 'invalidated' flag for image would help. And also qemu itself
> could check that mgmt is not trying to run on invalid backing chain based
> on this flag.
> Nikolay

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