Patchwork [PATCHv2,2/2] Xen PV backend (for qemu-upstream-4.2-testing): Disable use of O_DIRECT by default as it results in crashes.

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Submitter Alex Bligh
Date April 5, 2013, 10:32 a.m.
Message ID <1365157969-23172-2-git-send-email-alex@alex.org.uk>
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Permalink /patch/234104/
State New
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Alex Bligh - April 5, 2013, 10:32 a.m.
Due to what is almost certainly a kernel bug, writes with O_DIRECT may
continue to reference the page after the write has been marked as
completed, particularly in the case of TCP retransmit. In other
scenarios, this "merely" risks data corruption on the write, but with
Xen pages from domU are only transiently mapped into dom0's memory,
resulting in kernel panics when they are subsequently accessed.

This brings PV devices in line with emulated devices.  Removing
O_DIRECT is safe as barrier operations are now correctly passed
through.

See:
   http://lists.xen.org/archives/html/xen-devel/2012-12/msg01154.html
for more details.

Signed-off-by: Alex Bligh <alex@alex.org.uk>
---
 hw/xen_disk.c |    2 +-
 1 file changed, 1 insertion(+), 1 deletion(-)

Patch

diff --git a/hw/xen_disk.c b/hw/xen_disk.c
index 3cecf8d..50fa25e 100644
--- a/hw/xen_disk.c
+++ b/hw/xen_disk.c
@@ -641,7 +641,7 @@  static int blk_connect(struct XenDevice *xendev)
     int index, qflags;
 
     /* read-only ? */
-    qflags = BDRV_O_NOCACHE | BDRV_O_CACHE_WB | BDRV_O_NATIVE_AIO;
+    qflags = BDRV_O_CACHE_WB | BDRV_O_NATIVE_AIO;
     if (strcmp(blkdev->mode, "w") == 0) {
         qflags |= BDRV_O_RDWR;
     }