[stgt] tgtd and kernel scsi_tgt driver

Chris Webb chris at arachsys.com
Wed Apr 8 11:09:15 CEST 2009

This morning I had a couple of segfaults on a tgtd 0.9.5 (plus sendtargets
discovery patch from http://markmail.org/message/73qqira2iu2vx5bw) that I've
just started using in earnest. It ran fine under load for a while, but then

  2009 Apr  8 02:58:03 kernel at 1 tgtd[11738] general protection ip:408fef sp:7f790e054f40 error:0 in tgtd[400000+da000]

and later

  2009 Apr  8 07:32:30 kernel at 1 tgtd[23022] trap stack segment ip:40c646 sp:7fff22787b20 error:0

In each case, one tgtd was left out of the normal pair of processes with
tgtadm hanging for (e.g.) -o show -m target. A kill -9 of tgtd followed by a
restart and re-export fixed the problem.

Whilst examining the machine, I noticed that I'd accidentally started a tgtd
without the scsi_tgt kernel module, which wasn't in /proc/modules. However,
tgtd had been working despite this, which baffled me a bit---I assumed that
scsi_tgt was the kernel component of tgtd? Does tgtd run completely in
userspace in the absence of scsi_tgt? If so, is there a way to tell whether
or not a particular tgtd is using the kernel module?

Are the segfaults likely to be related to running tgtd without the kernel
module? If not, I imagine they could potentially be connected to the issue
reported yesterday in http://markmail.org/thread/6qcocaxrlya6iwm5 as I'm
using the tgtd as part of a storage migration, the backend devices are also
RAID in my case (behind a couple of layers of device mapper), and are they
are prone to run slowly or even hang briefly under high IO load.


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