[PATCH v2 26/30] cxlflash: Fix to prevent EEH recovery failure

Matthew R. Ochs mrochs at linux.vnet.ibm.com
Thu Sep 17 07:32:04 AEST 2015

The process_sense() routine can perform a read capacity which
can take some time to complete. If an EEH occurs while waiting
on the read capacity, the EEH handler is unable to obtain the
context's mutex in order to put the context in an error state.
The EEH handler will sit and wait until the context is free,
but this wait can last longer than the EEH handler tolerates,
leading to a failed recovery.

To address this issue, make the context unavailable to new,
non-system owned threads and release the context while calling
into process_sense(). After returning from process_sense() the
context mutex is reacquired and the context is made available
again. The context can be safely moved to the error state if
needed during the unavailable window as no other threads will
hold its reference.

Signed-off-by: Matthew R. Ochs <mrochs at linux.vnet.ibm.com>
Signed-off-by: Manoj N. Kumar <manoj at linux.vnet.ibm.com>
 drivers/scsi/cxlflash/superpipe.c | 9 +++++++++
 1 file changed, 9 insertions(+)

diff --git a/drivers/scsi/cxlflash/superpipe.c b/drivers/scsi/cxlflash/superpipe.c
index fb79b79fe..1c5e9ac 100644
--- a/drivers/scsi/cxlflash/superpipe.c
+++ b/drivers/scsi/cxlflash/superpipe.c
@@ -1790,12 +1790,21 @@ static int cxlflash_disk_verify(struct scsi_device *sdev,
 	 * inquiry (i.e. the Unit attention is due to the WWN changing).
 	if (verify->hint & DK_CXLFLASH_VERIFY_HINT_SENSE) {
+		/* Can't hold mutex across process_sense/read_cap16,
+		 * since we could have an intervening EEH event.
+		 */
+		ctxi->unavail = true;
+		mutex_unlock(&ctxi->mutex);
 		rc = process_sense(sdev, verify);
 		if (unlikely(rc)) {
 			dev_err(dev, "%s: Failed to validate sense data (%d)\n",
 				__func__, rc);
+			mutex_lock(&ctxi->mutex);
+			ctxi->unavail = false;
 			goto out;
+		mutex_lock(&ctxi->mutex);
+		ctxi->unavail = false;
 	switch (gli->mode) {

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