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Bug #38326

Updated by Patrick Donnelly about 1 year ago

IIUC: After mdsmap.session_time, the current behavior is that a stale session's caps' issued set is revoked and changed to CEPH_CAP_PIN. The MDS allows that stale session to later come back and "resume" by updating its cap.want set, which causes it to obtain new caps in the normal fashion.

One issue with this is that a client may be writing to a file, becomes unresponsive, and another client successfully begins (buffered) writing to that file concurrently. The only correct thing to do when another client comes along wanting that write cap is to evict the unresponsive client. Eviction is absolutely necessary because (a) we don't know when or if the client is coming back and (b) if the client is still connected to RADOS and writing bytes to the file while unable to receive/process messages from the MDS.

I would tentatively propose that the new behavior should be for a stale session:

(a) mark the session stale and check whether any locks are blocked by the newly "stale" caps. Ideally, we shouldn't invalidate a cap unnecessarily. (Why would we want to? Then the client needs to get the cap reissued which is expensive?)
(b) if a client comes along trying to obtain a conflicting WR/BUFFER/EXCL cap, evict the stale session immediately, wait for the osdmap update, then issue the cap.

If a stale session comes back, we can reissue most caps it already had because no other session has stolen its write caps. An exception is CEPH_CAP_GCACHE which may have been lost by an intervening write by another client.

Simple reproducer of the original problem with two clients:

# (1) [client 1] mkdir foo && pv -L 1K < /dev/urandom > foo/bar
# (2) kill -STOP <client1>
# (3) [client 2] pv -L 1K < /dev/urandom > foo/bar
# client 2 blocks for 60s then gets write caps!
# (4) kill -CONT <client1>
# both writes continue without buffer cap

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