[J/L][PATCH 0/2] loop: fix regression from max_loop default value change

Mauricio Faria de Oliveira mfo at canonical.com
Wed Jul 26 13:44:29 UTC 2023


On Wed, Jul 26, 2023 at 4:38 AM Stefan Bader <stefan.bader at canonical.com> wrote:
>
> On 25.07.23 20:27, Mauricio Faria de Oliveira wrote:
> > BugLink: https://bugs.launchpad.net/bugs/2015400
> >
> > [ Impact ]
> >
> >   * Regression in the loop block driver in Jammy kernel
> >     between 5.15.0-67 to 5.15.0-68 (in v5.15.86 stable),
> >     due to a change in the default behavior (value) of
> >     kernel parameter `max_loop` (from 0 to 8) in commit:
> >     `loop: Fix the max_loop commandline argument treatment
> >     when it is set to 0` (comment #6).
>
> Something does not match up in your arguments. The patch was included in
> 5.15.0-68 as you say.  But
>
>  >   * The fix on Jammy is just a Revert, since it had not been
>  >     released with the offending patch.
>
> is not right as 5.15.0-78 is in updates which is released to me.
>

Hey Stefan o/
Thanks for looking into this.

Well, I should have phrased that better.

Please read 'since _Jammy_ was not released/GAed with the offending
patch' (i.e., the patch changed behavior after LTS release).

This is to contrast with 'Lunar _was_ released with that patch' (and
thus we should keep the _intended_ behavior of that patch, i.e. for
max_loop=0; but then fix its _unintended_ side effect / this
regression).

Please let me know if something isn't clear.

Thanks,
Mauricio

> -Stefan
>
> >
> >   * Users of loop devices (major 7) with minor >= 8 now
> >     fail to `open()` a loop device created with `mknod()`.
> >
> >   * This is a corner case, as most people use `losetup`
> >     with usual /dev/loopNUMBER (or `--find`) which are
> >     not affected as it uses a different code path.
> >     (`losetup` for `/dev/loopNOT-A-NUMBER` is affected.)
> >
> >   * Workaround: kernel parameter `max_loop=0`.
> >
> > [ Test Steps ]
> >
> >   * Run the test cases (losetup and test-loop.c in comment #6):
> >     - max_loop not set (default)
> >     - max_loop=0
> >     - max_loop=8
> >
> >   * Verify the default behavior (max_loop not set) is restored.
> >
> >   * Verify the modified behavior (max_loop is set) is unchanged.
> >
> >   * Patches verified with jammy/lunar-proposed.
> >
> > [ Regression Potential ]
> >
> >   * Regressions would be limited to the loop block driver,
> >     more specifically its default behavior (but it's that now)
> >     or specific usage of max_loop parameter (tested; looks OK).
> >
> > [ Other Info ]
> >
> >   * The fix on Jammy is just a Revert, since it had not been
> >     released with the offending patch.
> >
> >   * The fix on Lunar is the recently accepted 2 patches [1, 2]
> >     as it was released with the offending patch, so let's keep
> >     that patch's improvement/behavior for the max_loop=0 case,
> >     and "fix"/restore the historical no-limit default behavior.
> >
> >   * The fix on Mantic is the recently accepted 2 patches too,
> >     now in v6.5-rc3, which should be automatically incorporated
> >     as Mantic apparently will release with the 6.5 kernel [3]
> >
> >   * Patch 1 [1] is not quite a fix, but adds CONFIG guards that
> >     Patch 2 [2] depends on. (Alternatively, a Patch 2 backport
> >     with that could be done, but Patch 1 seems trivial enough.)
> >
> >     [1] https://git.kernel.org/pub/scm/linux/kernel/git/torvalds/linux.git/commit/?id=23881aec85f3219e8462e87c708815ee2cd82358
> >     [2] https://git.kernel.org/pub/scm/linux/kernel/git/torvalds/linux.git/commit/?id=bb5faa99f0ce40756ab7bbbce4f16c01ca5ebd5a
> >     [3] https://discourse.ubuntu.com/t/introducing-kernel-6-5-for-the-23-10-mantic-minotaur-release
> >
> > Mauricio Faria de Oliveira (1):
> >    UBUNTU: SAUCE: Revert "loop: Fix the max_loop commandline argument
> >      treatment when it is set to 0"
> >
> >   drivers/block/loop.c | 28 ++++++++++++++++------------
> >   1 file changed, 16 insertions(+), 12 deletions(-)
> >
>
>
>


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Mauricio Faria de Oliveira



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