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SubjectRe: 2.6.0-test2-mm3 and mysql
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Matt,

----- Original Message -----
From: "Matt Mackall" <mpm@selenic.com>
To: "Heikki Tuuri" <Heikki.Tuuri@innodb.com>
Cc: <linux-kernel@vger.kernel.org>
Sent: Sunday, August 03, 2003 7:55 PM
Subject: Re: 2.6.0-test2-mm3 and mysql

> On Sun, Aug 03, 2003 at 12:10:01PM +0300, Heikki Tuuri wrote:
> >
> > What to do? People who write drivers should run heavy, multithreaded
file
> > i/o tests on their computer using some SQL database which calls fsync().
For
> > example, run the Perl '/sql-bench/innotest's all concurrently on MySQL.
If
> > the problems are in drivers, that could help.
>
> Did you know that until test2-mm3, nothing would report errors that
> occurred on non-synchronous writes? There was no infrastructure to
> propagate the error back to userspace. If you wrote a page, the write
> failed on an intermittent I/O error, and then read again, you'd
> silently get back the old page.

we are not using the Linux async i/o. Do you mean that? Or the flush which
the Linux kernel does from the file cache to the disk time to time on its
own? I assume it will write to the system log an error message if a disk
write fails?

The error 5 Shane reported came from a call of fsync(), and apparently he
also got that same 5 from a simple file read which CHECK TABLE in MyISAM
does.

Why would a write in the Linux async i/o fail? I am using aio on Windows,
and if the disk space can be allocated, it seems to fail only in the case of
a hardware failure.

> --
> Matt Mackall : http://www.selenic.com : of or relating to the moon

Regards,

Heikki


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