Bug 208017 - iscsistart session hangs with equallogic PS300 array
Summary: iscsistart session hangs with equallogic PS300 array
Alias: None
Product: Fedora
Classification: Fedora
Component: iscsi-initiator-utils
Version: 6
Hardware: i686
OS: Linux
Target Milestone: ---
Assignee: Mike Christie
QA Contact:
Whiteboard: bzcl34nup
Depends On:
TreeView+ depends on / blocked
Reported: 2006-09-25 21:01 UTC by Mark C. Davis
Modified: 2012-06-26 16:09 UTC (History)
5 users (show)

Clone Of:
Last Closed: 2008-05-06 16:24:33 UTC

Attachments (Terms of Use)
shell script, commands output, wireshark output, tcpdump capture file (74.02 KB, application/octet-stream)
2006-09-25 21:01 UTC, Mark C. Davis
no flags Details

Description Mark C. Davis 2006-09-25 21:01:59 UTC
Description of problem:
iscsi sessions to Equallogic PS300 array started using "iscsistart" hang.  
Same software works on Enterprise ISCSI Target

Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable) 684

How reproducible: Boot FC 6 T2. Use iscsistart to create a session.  Attempt 
to do IO (read ) on session.  (Also occurs if you use iscsistart in initrd, 
but boot from HDD is easier to reproduce.)

Steps to Reproduce:
1. Boot FC6 T2
2. issue iscsistart command to create session
3. read from new disk
Actual results: After a few seconds, read application will hang.

Expected results: read should succeed.

Additional info: This software works with iscsid/iscsiadm.  This software 
works agains Enterprise ISCSI Target.

Prelimary trouble shooting of enclosed files by Equallogic indicated this was 
an iscsistart/iscsis initiator problem.

Comment 1 Mark C. Davis 2006-09-25 21:02:00 UTC
Created attachment 137088 [details]
shell script, commands output, wireshark output, tcpdump capture file

Comment 2 Mike Christie 2006-09-25 21:18:55 UTC
What arch are you using?

And you are using iscsistart from the Fedora rpms correct? If so could you try
the tools and kernel from the current development snapshot?

The "development" dir like on this mrror, has some bug fixes and updates:


Could you also run iscsistart with "-d 8"?

And was there anything in your kernel logs?

Comment 3 Mark C. Davis 2006-09-25 23:29:06 UTC
Quick answers:
arch == x86 (32 bit)
I will update to the latest.  This will take me one or two days
OK, I will use iscsistart -d 8
There was nothing in /var/log/messages

Thanks for you patience and help.  I will provide new info in bugzilla on 
about 9/27.

Comment 4 Mike Christie 2006-09-27 18:46:10 UTC
Mark do not bother sending me info. I got access to a equalogic target now and
can reproduce this here. It seems that we log in ok. are redirected ok, but then
for some reason there is a connection failure a couple seconds after the disk is
found and since iscsistart is only there to connect the IO hangs.

This works with iscsiadm + iscsid because iscsid can handle the error and relogin.

I suspect the problem is that the equalogic target is sending us noop, we do not
respond (iscsid handles this and is not up) and then the target drops the

I will send a patch shortly.

Comment 5 Mike Christie 2006-09-27 20:26:41 UTC
As a temp work around, I think you can disable the target from send nops. I do
not have admin access to the target here, so I am not sure though. I ccd someone
from equalogic that does know or can find out.

Comment 6 Cesar Garde 2006-09-27 20:35:45 UTC
Unfortunately, you cannot disable the keepalive NOPs from the EqualLogic array.
 In the most recent release (3.0.5), we do not send a keepalive within the first
300 seconds after a connection is established.

- Ces

Comment 7 Mike Christie 2006-09-27 20:40:21 UTC
Thanks for the reply Cesar. The 300 sec bahavior, should be enough to get us
booted normally.

I will continue to work on supporting nops in the kernel instead of userspace so
there is a fool proof solution.

Comment 8 Mark C Davis 2006-09-27 21:35:21 UTC
I did reproduce using today's code (2.6.18-1.2693.fc6), but it looks like you 
are way past that.  At least I am set up to test the patch.

Comment 9 Mark C Davis 2006-10-02 19:24:27 UTC
I upgraded my array to 3.0.5 and the problem did go away (my application does 
not wait 300 seconds between accesses), so this is a valid work around.

Comment 10 Matthew Miller 2007-04-06 17:07:12 UTC
Fedora Core 5 and Fedora Core 6 are, as we're sure you've noticed, no longer
test releases. We're cleaning up the bug database and making sure important bug
reports filed against these test releases don't get lost. It would be helpful if
you could test this issue with a released version of Fedora or with the latest
development / test release. Thanks for your help and for your patience.

[This is a bulk message for all open FC5/FC6 test release bugs. I'm adding
myself to the CC list for each bug, so I'll see any comments you make after this
and do my best to make sure every issue gets proper attention.]

Comment 11 Bug Zapper 2008-04-04 03:50:50 UTC
Fedora apologizes that these issues have not been resolved yet. We're
sorry it's taken so long for your bug to be properly triaged and acted
on. We appreciate the time you took to report this issue and want to
make sure no important bugs slip through the cracks.

If you're currently running a version of Fedora Core between 1 and 6,
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If this bug is still open against Fedora Core 1 through 6, thirty days
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Comment 12 Bug Zapper 2008-05-06 16:24:30 UTC
This bug is open for a Fedora version that is no longer maintained and
will not be fixed by Fedora. Therefore we are closing this bug.

If you can reproduce this bug against a currently maintained version of
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