[Lustre-devel] [wc-discuss] Important changes to libcfs primitives usage.

Peng, Tao tao.peng at emc.com
Wed Dec 19 18:32:04 PST 2012

> -----Original Message-----
> From: lustre-devel-bounces at lists.lustre.org [mailto:lustre-devel-bounces at lists.lustre.org] On Behalf
> Of Dilger, Andreas
> Sent: Thursday, December 20, 2012 6:59 AM
> To: Alexey Lyahkov; Prakash Surya
> Cc: hpdd-discuss at lists.01.org; WC-Discuss; <lustre-devel at lists.lustre.org>
> Subject: Re: [Lustre-devel] [wc-discuss] Important changes to libcfs primitives usage.
> On 12/19/12 5:32 AM, "Alexey Lyahkov" <alexey_lyashkov at xyratex.com> wrote:
> >That is second question,
> >how we plan maintain a stable version to build with older kernels from
> >RHEL, SuSe and may be Debian.
> >how WC have plan to sync changes between stable tree and development in
> >kernel?
> This will need some extra effort, but needs to happen.  That is why we are
> now
> working to clean up the current Lustre code to be acceptable to the
> upstream
> kernel.  If the out-of-kernel Lustre code is wildly different from the
> in-kernel
> Lustre code, then it will be far too much effort to keep the two in sync.
> By changing the compatibility macros to match the upstream kernel, cfs_*
> wrappers,
> split the client/server code, etc, we can make the out-of-tree code match
> the
> in-kernel code very closely, then porting patches back and forth will be
> much
> less work.
> >what they will planed in case huge API changes? as example that change -
> >splice API was added in 2.6.20 kernel and sendfile API was killed - so we
> >should lost all kernels with sendfile support (RHEL5, SLES9/10).
> >Same for page fault API - they have 3 versions between 2.6.21 and 2.6.26
> >- so old kernels will be also killed from support.
> >or we will have never tested code in 'stable' tree.
> This is no different than the situation today.  There are large API
> changes in
> the upstream kernel (e.g. VFS changes in 2.6.37), and we are always playing
> catch-up with them.  Through the work of EMC we are close to being in sync
> with
> the upstream kernel (3.6 at least), and being part of the upstream kernel
> will
> definitely help avoid this problem.  Then, patches to change the API in the
> kernel will also be applied to the Lustre code immediately.
> Once Lustre is in the upstream kernel, it will eventually get into the
> vendor
> kernels.  It may also be possible to get a backport (i.e. the current
> version)
> included into a vendor kernel since they are less reluctant to do so for
> code
> that is already in the upstream kernel.
> >reason to use autoconf macroses - we can't trust a RHEL/SuSe kernel
> >version/
Well, there are situations that autoconf cannot handle properly, such as the open_flag change by upstream commit (8a5e929dd2e05ab4d3d89f58c5e8fca596af8f3a). The change is inline so we cannot tell it without grepping the source file (fs/namei.c) which is likely unavailable when users build Lustre client from source. We currently solved it by putting a LINUX_VERSION_CODE check there but as you see it is not trustworthy when vendors backport patches.

And IMO, the right way to solve such problems is to put Lustre in upstream/stable kernels and let vendors ship it so that they match in the first place.

> Sure, we will need this for the out-of-tree Lustre code, as we do today,
> but not
> inside the kernel.  The benefit is that the in-tree code will be the
> "right"
> code for that particular kernel version, and no macros will be needed.
> Cheers, Andreas
> >On Dec 19, 2012, at 04:12, Prakash Surya wrote:
> >>>> ]unning.
> >>>> That won't be an issue with Lustre, but you get the idea.
> >>>
> >>> So let me just confirm I understand your issue here.  For example, the
> >>> Linux kernel is at 3.12.1 (version numbers are purely hypothetical and
> >>> far into the future) which has Lustre 2.6.3 in it.  But RHEL 9's kernel
> >>> is only 3.8.1"ish" and has Lustre 2.4.2 (because that's what was in the
> >>> upstream Linux 3.8.1 kernel) in it.
> >>>
> >>> The complaint is that the Lustre (2.4.2) that's in the RHEL 9 kernel
> >>> that you are using is too old for some reason?
> >>>
> >>> So what's the remedy?  You can either (a) download the stand-alone
> >>> Lustre module source for the version of Lustre you need and build it
> >>> against the RHEL 9 kernel you want to use (assuming they are near
> >>>enough
> >>> to be compatible -- which is the same situation that exists today) or
> >>
> >> That is a big assumption, and is most likely false. Currently autoconf
> >> maintains the compatibility of Lustre with the different kernel
> >>versions.
> >> If the client is in tree, are we really going to maintain the same level
> >> of autoconf "foo" to be compatible with older kernels? And if not, we
> >> would have to maintain a second package, outside of the kernel, which
> >>did
> >> have this autoconf compatibility layer.
> >>
> >> I don't think option (a) is the same as what we have now.
> >>
> >> --
> >> Cheers, Prakash
> >>
> >>> (b) you download the entire upstream kernel that has the version of
> >>> Lustre that you want to use and build that.
> >>>
> >>> It seems to me that (a) is what everyone already has to do all of the
> >>> time today anyway (assuming the binary RPM that we ship for the given
> >>> vendor kernel is not new enough) and (b) just isn't even possible so
> >>> that's gravy.
> >>>
> >>> There might be something obvious that I'm missing, but I'm failing to
> >>> see how having Lustre (client) in the kernel is any worse than the
> >>> status quo (basically scenario (a) above) and indeed should provide
> >>> Lustre compatibility to the current stable Linux sooner than we can
> >>> typically turn it around.
> >>>
> >>> Cheers,
> >>> b.
> >>>
> >
> >----------------------------------------------
> >Alexey Lyahkov
> >alexey_lyashkov at xyratex.com
> >
> >
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> Cheers, Andreas
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> Andreas Dilger
> Lustre Software Architect
> Intel High Performance Data Division
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