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SubjectRe: [DRBD-user] [PATCH] xen-blkback: Switch to closed state after releasing the backing device
On Mon, Sep 10, 2018 at 06:18:31PM +0200, Valentin Vidic wrote:
> On Mon, Sep 10, 2018 at 05:00:58PM +0200, Roger Pau Monné wrote:
> > I can try to take a look at this and attempt to make sure the state is
> > only changed to closed in blkback _after_ the device has been
> > released, but it might take me a couple of days to get you a patch.
> Thanks, I have two test nodes now where I can try different approaches.
> > I'm afraid that other hotplug scripts will also have issues with such
> > behavior, and we shouldn't force all users of hotplug scripts to add
> > such workarounds.
> True, iSCSI and other "network" disks might have similar problems.

So I have the following patch which I think might solve your issues
while keeping the reset logic working. Would you mind giving it a try
with your use case and pvgrub?

Thanks, Roger.
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From: Roger Pau Monne <>
Date: Thu, 13 Sep 2018 11:27:57 +0200
Subject: [PATCH] xen-blkback: only set Closed state when resources have been
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Don't set the backend to Closed state until all the resources have
been released and the blkback instance is gone. Setting the backend
state to Closed will be done by xenbus_dev_remove after removing the
device instance.

Note that this requires disconnecting and allowing reconnection with
state Closing, since the Closed state will only be reached when
detaching the device.

Reported-by: Valentin Vidic <>
Signed-off-by: Roger Pau Monné <>
drivers/block/xen-blkback/xenbus.c | 5 +++--
1 file changed, 3 insertions(+), 2 deletions(-)

diff --git a/drivers/block/xen-blkback/xenbus.c b/drivers/block/xen-blkback/xenbus.c
index a4bc74e72c39..b0629f1b0511 100644
--- a/drivers/block/xen-blkback/xenbus.c
+++ b/drivers/block/xen-blkback/xenbus.c
@@ -770,7 +770,8 @@ static void frontend_changed(struct xenbus_device *dev,

switch (frontend_state) {
case XenbusStateInitialising:
- if (dev->state == XenbusStateClosed) {
+ if (dev->state == XenbusStateClosed ||
+ dev->state == XenbusStateClosing) {
pr_info("%s: prepare for reconnect\n", dev->nodename);
xenbus_switch_state(dev, XenbusStateInitWait);
@@ -809,12 +810,12 @@ static void frontend_changed(struct xenbus_device *dev,

case XenbusStateClosing:
+ xen_blkif_disconnect(be->blkif);
xenbus_switch_state(dev, XenbusStateClosing);

case XenbusStateClosed:
- xenbus_switch_state(dev, XenbusStateClosed);
if (xenbus_dev_is_online(dev))
/* fall through */
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