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SubjectRe: ext3fs: umount+sync not enough to guarantee metadata-on-disk
Jan Kara wrote:
>> Chuck Ebbert wrote:
>>> On 06/07/2007 11:41 AM, Andrew Morton wrote:
>>>>> mount /var/lib/mythtv -oremount,ro
>>>>> sync
>>>>> umount /var/lib/mythtv
>>>> Did this succeed? If the application is still truncating that file, the
>>>> umount should have failed.
>>> Shouldn't sync should wait for truncate to finish?
>> The part that gets me here, and that others might be missing,
>> is that we are not waiting for ftruncate at this point.
>> We're waiting for unlink. The application that was doing ftruncate
>> in tiny little doses has been sent a kill-9 signal, so what should
>> be happening now (confirmed by disk activity LEDs) is the file should
>> just be getting deleted the same as if we did "rm bigfile" on it.
> But if that app has been waiting in D state, kill -9 does nothing to it
> until it wakes up, doesn't it? So fd's are still open and umount fails.

Yeah, except the task is in Zombie state at this point.
But the umount does fail properly, so I no longer complain about that.

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