Commit 8cbeb67a authored by Mikulas Patocka's avatar Mikulas Patocka Committed by Alasdair G Kergon
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dm: avoid unsupported spanning of md stripe boundaries

A bio that has two or more vector entries, size less than or equal to
page size, that crosses a stripe boundary of an underlying md device is
accepted by device mapper (it conforms to all its limits) but not by the
underlying device.

The fix is: If device mapper selects the one-page maximum request size,
it also needs to set its own q->merge_bvec_fn to reject any bios with
multiple vector entries that span more pages.

The problem was discovered in the following scenario:
  * MD - RAID-0
  * LV on the top of it (raid1, snapshot or striped with chunk
size/stripe larger than RAID-0 stripe)
  * one of the logical volumes is exported to xen domU
  * inside xen domU it is partitioned, the key point is that the partition
must be unaligned on page boundary (fdisk normally aligns the partition to
63 sectors which will trigger it)
  * install the system on the partitioned disk in domU
This causes I/O failures in dom0.

Signed-off-by: default avatarMikulas Patocka <>
Signed-off-by: default avatarAlasdair G Kergon <>
parent 53b351f9
......@@ -925,6 +925,16 @@ static int dm_merge_bvec(struct request_queue *q,
if (max_size && ti->type->merge)
max_size = ti->type->merge(ti, bvm, biovec, max_size);
* If the target doesn't support merge method and some of the devices
* provided their merge_bvec method (we know this by looking at
* queue_max_hw_sectors), then we can't allow bios with multiple vector
* entries. So always set max_size to 0, and the code below allows
* just one page.
else if (queue_max_hw_sectors(q) <= PAGE_SIZE >> 9)
max_size = 0;
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