[RHEL7,COMMIT] ms/md: allow creation of mdNNN arrays via md_mod/parameters/new_array

Submitted by Konstantin Khorenko on Sept. 27, 2018, 9:02 a.m.


Message ID 201809270902.w8R924Wu006182@finist_ce7.work
State New
Series "ms/md: allow creation of mdNNN arrays via md_mod/parameters/new_array"
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Konstantin Khorenko Sept. 27, 2018, 9:02 a.m.
The commit is pushed to "branch-rh7-3.10.0-862.11.6.vz7.71.x-ovz" and will appear at https://src.openvz.org/scm/ovz/vzkernel.git
after rh7-3.10.0-862.11.6.vz7.71.15
commit eb5c01318857100ed92725c002e87a563d91064c
Author: NeilBrown <neilb@suse.com>
Date:   Thu Sep 27 12:02:03 2018 +0300

    ms/md: allow creation of mdNNN arrays via md_mod/parameters/new_array
    The intention when creating the "new_array" parameter and the
    possibility of having array names line "md_HOME" was to transition
    away from the old way of creating arrays and to eventually only use
    this new way.
    The "old" way of creating array is to create a device node in /dev
    and then open it.  The act of opening creates the array.
    This is problematic because sometimes the device node can be opened
    when we don't want to create an array.  This can easily happen
    when some rule triggered by udev looks at a device as it is being
    destroyed.  The node in /dev continues to exist for a short period
    after an array is stopped, and opening it during this time recreates
    the array (as an inactive array).
    Unfortunately no clear plan for the transition was created.  It is now
    time to fix that.
    This patch allows devices with numeric names, like "md999" to be
    created by writing to "new_array".  This will only work if the minor
    number given is not already in use.  This will allow mdadm to
    support the creation of arrays with numbers > 511 (currently not
    possible) by writing to new_array.
    mdadm can, at some point, use this approach to create *all* arrays,
    which will allow the transition to only using the new-way.
    Signed-off-by: NeilBrown <neilb@suse.com>
    Acted-by: Coly Li <colyli@suse.de>
    Signed-off-by: Shaohua Li <shli@fb.com>
    (cherry picked from commit 039b7225e6e98783a7a7e79c52b29c437f29967d)
    Signed-off-by: Andrey Ryabinin <aryabinin@virtuozzo.com>
    Note: this ms patch is buggy, Andrey has sent a question to mainstream,
    no reply so far.
    Need to port the incremental fix from ms when appears.
 drivers/md/md.c | 36 ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++------
 1 file changed, 30 insertions(+), 6 deletions(-)

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diff --git a/drivers/md/md.c b/drivers/md/md.c
index 16fb8d41e607..64a9c9856b32 100644
--- a/drivers/md/md.c
+++ b/drivers/md/md.c
@@ -5171,6 +5171,15 @@  EXPORT_SYMBOL_GPL(mddev_init_writes_pending);
 static int md_alloc(dev_t dev, char *name)
+	/*
+	 * If dev is zero, name is the name of a device to allocate with
+	 * an arbitrary minor number.  It will be "md_???"
+	 * If dev is non-zero it must be a device number with a MAJOR of
+	 * MD_MAJOR or mdp_major.  In this case, if "name" is NULL, then
+	 * the device is being created by opening a node in /dev.
+	 * If "name" is not NULL, the device is being created by
+	 * writing to /sys/module/md_mod/parameters/new_array.
+	 */
 	static DEFINE_MUTEX(disks_mutex);
 	struct mddev *mddev = mddev_find(dev);
 	struct gendisk *disk;
@@ -5196,7 +5205,7 @@  static int md_alloc(dev_t dev, char *name)
 	if (mddev->gendisk)
 		goto abort;
-	if (name) {
+	if (name && !dev) {
 		/* Need to ensure that 'name' is not a duplicate.
 		struct mddev *mddev2;
@@ -5210,6 +5219,11 @@  static int md_alloc(dev_t dev, char *name)
+	if (name && dev)
+		/*
+		 * Creating /dev/mdNNN via "newarray", so adjust hold_active.
+		 */
+		mddev->hold_active = UNTIL_STOP;
 	error = -ENOMEM;
 	mddev->queue = blk_alloc_queue(GFP_KERNEL);
@@ -5282,21 +5296,31 @@  static struct kobject *md_probe(dev_t dev, int *part, void *data)
 static int add_named_array(const char *val, struct kernel_param *kp)
-	/* val must be "md_*" where * is not all digits.
-	 * We allocate an array with a large free minor number, and
+	/*
+	 * val must be "md_*" or "mdNNN".
+	 * For "md_*" we allocate an array with a large free minor number, and
 	 * set the name to val.  val must not already be an active name.
+	 * For "mdNNN" we allocate an array with the minor number NNN
+	 * which must not already be in use.
 	int len = strlen(val);
 	char buf[DISK_NAME_LEN];
+	unsigned long devnum;
 	while (len && val[len-1] == '\n')
 	if (len >= DISK_NAME_LEN)
 		return -E2BIG;
 	strlcpy(buf, val, len+1);
-	if (strncmp(buf, "md_", 3) != 0)
-		return -EINVAL;
-	return md_alloc(0, buf);
+	if (strncmp(buf, "md_", 3) == 0)
+		return md_alloc(0, buf);
+	if (strncmp(buf, "md", 2) == 0 &&
+	    isdigit(buf[2]) &&
+	    kstrtoul(buf+2, 10, &devnum) == 0 &&
+	    devnum <= MINORMASK)
+		return md_alloc(MKDEV(MD_MAJOR, devnum), NULL);
+	return -EINVAL;
 static void md_safemode_timeout(unsigned long data)