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SubjectRe: Inotify problem [was Re: 2.6.13-rc6-mm1]
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On Thu, 2005-08-25 at 09:33 -0400, John McCutchan wrote:
> On Thu, 2005-08-25 at 22:07 +1200, Reuben Farrelly wrote:
> > Hi,
> >
> > I have also observed another problem with inotify with dovecot - so I spoke
> > with Johannes Berg who wrote the inotify code in dovecot. He suggested I post
> > here to LKML since his opinion is that this to be a kernel bug.
> >
> > The problem I am observing is this, logged by dovecot after a period of time
> > when a client is connected:
> >
> > dovecot: Aug 22 14:31:23 Error: IMAP(gilly): inotify_rm_watch() failed:
> > Invalid argument
> > dovecot: Aug 22 14:31:23 Error: IMAP(gilly): inotify_rm_watch() failed:
> > Invalid argument
> > dovecot: Aug 22 14:31:23 Error: IMAP(gilly): inotify_rm_watch() failed:
> > Invalid argument
> >
> > Multiply that by about 1000 ;-)
> >
> > Some debugging shows this:
> > dovecot: Aug 25 19:31:22 Warning: IMAP(gilly): removing wd 1019 from inotify fd 4
> > dovecot: Aug 25 19:31:22 Warning: IMAP(gilly): removing wd 1018 from inotify fd 4
> > dovecot: Aug 25 19:31:22 Warning: IMAP(gilly): inotify_add_watch returned 1019
> > dovecot: Aug 25 19:31:22 Warning: IMAP(gilly): inotify_add_watch returned 1020
> > dovecot: Aug 25 19:31:23 Warning: IMAP(gilly): removing wd 1020 from inotify fd 4
> > dovecot: Aug 25 19:31:23 Warning: IMAP(gilly): removing wd 1019 from inotify fd 4
> > dovecot: Aug 25 19:31:24 Warning: IMAP(gilly): inotify_add_watch returned 1020
>
>
>
> > dovecot: Aug 25 19:31:24 Warning: IMAP(gilly): inotify_add_watch returned 1021
> > dovecot: Aug 25 19:31:24 Warning: IMAP(gilly): removing wd 1021 from inotify fd 4
> > dovecot: Aug 25 19:31:24 Warning: IMAP(gilly): removing wd 1020 from inotify fd 4
> > dovecot: Aug 25 19:31:25 Warning: IMAP(gilly): inotify_add_watch returned 1021
> > dovecot: Aug 25 19:31:25 Warning: IMAP(gilly): inotify_add_watch returned 1022
> > dovecot: Aug 25 19:31:25 Warning: IMAP(gilly): removing wd 1022 from inotify fd 4
> > dovecot: Aug 25 19:31:25 Warning: IMAP(gilly): removing wd 1021 from inotify fd 4
> > dovecot: Aug 25 19:31:26 Warning: IMAP(gilly): inotify_add_watch returned 1022
> > dovecot: Aug 25 19:31:26 Warning: IMAP(gilly): inotify_add_watch returned 1023
> > dovecot: Aug 25 19:31:26 Warning: IMAP(gilly): removing wd 1023 from inotify fd 4
> > dovecot: Aug 25 19:31:26 Warning: IMAP(gilly): removing wd 1022 from inotify fd 4
> > dovecot: Aug 25 19:31:27 Warning: IMAP(gilly): inotify_add_watch returned 1023
> > dovecot: Aug 25 19:31:27 Warning: IMAP(gilly): inotify_add_watch returned 1024
> > dovecot: Aug 25 19:31:27 Warning: IMAP(gilly): removing wd 1024 from inotify fd 4
> > dovecot: Aug 25 19:31:27 Error: IMAP(gilly): inotify_rm_watch() failed:
> > Invalid argument
> > dovecot: Aug 25 19:31:27 Warning: IMAP(gilly): removing wd 1023 from inotify fd 4
> > dovecot: Aug 25 19:31:28 Warning: IMAP(gilly): inotify_add_watch returned 1024
> > dovecot: Aug 25 19:31:28 Warning: IMAP(gilly): inotify_add_watch returned 1024
> >
> > Note the incrementing wd value even though we are removing them as we go..
> >
>
> What kernel are you running? The wd's should ALWAYS be incrementing, you
> should never get the same wd as you did before. From your log, you are
> getting the same wd (after you inotify_rm_watch it). I can reproduce
> this bug on 2.6.13-rc7.
>
> idr_get_new_above
>
> isn't returning something above.
>
> Also, the idr layer seems to be breaking when we pass in 1024. I can
> reproduce that on my 2.6.13-rc7 system as well.
>
> > This is using latest CVS of dovecot code and with 2.6.12-rc6-mm(1|2) kernel.
> >
> > Robert, John, what do you think? Is this possibly related to the oops seen
> > in the log that I reported earlier? (Which is still showing up 2-3 times per
> > day, btw)
>
> There is definitely something broken here.

Jim, George-

We are seeing a problem in the idr layer. If we do idr_find(1024) when,
say, a low valued idr, like, zero, is unallocated, NULL is returned.

This readily manifests itself in inotify, where we recently switched to
using idr_get_new_above() with our last allocated token.

Robert Love


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