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SubjectRe: [PATCH 0/4] 2.6.21-rc7 NFS writes: fix a series of issues
On Tue, Apr 17, 2007 at 10:14:02PM -0700, Linus Torvalds wrote:
> On Tue, 17 Apr 2007, Florin Iucha wrote:
> >
> > Already did. Traces from vanilla kernel at
> >
> Well, there's a pdflush in io_schedule_timeout/congestion_wait, and
> there's a nfsv4-scv in svc_recv/nfs_callback_sv, and a lot of processes
> either just in schedule_timeout or similar "normal" waiting (pollwait
> etc).
> [ The call traces could be prettier, but sadly, even if you enable frame
> pointers, the x86-64 kernel is too stupid to follow them. So you kind of
> just have to ignore the noise) ]
> The triggering process looks like it might be that "cp", it is in the
> __wait_on_bit/sync_page/wait_on_page_bit/wait_on_page_writeback_range/
> filemap_fdatawait.
> Is this a trace from the "big copy" hang, or from a gnome splashscreen
> hang? It *looks* like it's a big copy. Yes/no?

It *is* big copy.

I am monitoring the copy on the server, using "iostat 5". It writes
for a while at a fairly constant pace (on ext3 *), then it drops to 0 in 5-10
seconds and stays there... Once I left it for a couple of hours and
it did not pick up.


(*) XFS exhibited wild ups and downs in the transaction rate, and JFS
starts strong then loses steam and slowly settles to about half ext3's

Bruce Schneier expects the Spanish Inquisition.
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