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Re: [Nbd] nbd-client - Problem with disconnect

Hi Jean,

On Wed, May 02, 2012 at 04:36:58PM +0200, Jean Wolter wrote:
> Hello,
> I played around with nbd and stumbled across a problem when
> disconnecting an nbd block device via nbd-client -d <nbd device>. The
> nbd-client expects a return value of EBADR after a disconnect:
>     if (ioctl(nbd, NBD_DO_IT) < 0) {
>         if(errno==EBADR) {
>             /* The user probably did 'nbd-client -d' on us.
>              * quit */
>             ...
> Unfortunately the current kernel driver returns EPIPE after a
> disconnect. EPIPE is generated by sock_xmit, when it gets a 0 as return
> value from kernel_recvmsg(). It converts the 0 into -EPIPE, which is
> then passed all the way up to user level via lo->harderror.
> According to the man page rcvmsg() returns 0 in the following case:
>    "The return value will be 0 when the peer has performed an orderly
> shutdown."
> To me it looks like nbd-client -d generated a disconnect request, the
> nbd-server shuts down the network connection on its side and rcvmsg
> returns with 0. The 0 is then converted to EPIPE and passed up to user
> level. The nbd-client is started with -persist, expects EBADR and
> therefore does not terminate. It reconnects to the server instead.
> Now I am wondering, which side needs to be fixed, block driver or user
> level program.

Good question :-)

I'm not sure. I don't think the case of what happens when the
NBD_DISCONNECT ioctl is called is very well defined. Currently, the
client just sends a NBD_DISC packet off to the server, and then all bets
are off. I don't think the -persist/disconnect combination has ever
worked very well (and that makes -persist less useful than it could be).

This could probably benefit from making it a bit clearer. Paul, what do
you think?

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