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SubjectRe: [PATCH 3/3] Add timeout feature
Takashi Sato wrote:
> Hi,
> Ric Wheeler wrote:
>> Christoph Hellwig wrote:
>>> On Mon, Sep 08, 2008 at 08:53:37PM +0900, Takashi Sato wrote:
>>>> The timeout feature is added to "freeze ioctl" to solve a deadlock
>>>> when the freezer accesses a frozen filesystem. And new ioctl
>>>> to reset the timeout period is added to extend the timeout period.
>>>> For example, the freezer resets the timeout period to 10 seconds
>>>> every 5
>>>> seconds. In this approach, even if the freezer causes a deadlock by
>>>> accessing the frozen filesystem, it will be solved by the timeout
>>>> in 10 seconds and the freezer will be able to recognize that
>>>> at the next reset of timeout period.
>>> And as with all previous posting I still fundamentally disagree about
>>> the need of this functionality. We don't need a timeout for freezing.
>> I agree with Christoph here, I think that the timeout is unneeded.
> I think that your concern is that the freezer cannot recognize the
> occurrence
> of a timeout and it continues the backup process and the backup data is
> corrupted finally.
> If the freezer can recognize it by the unfreeze ioctl's errono, will
> your concern
> be solved?
> If so, I will implement it.
> Cheers, Takashi
I think that is certainly part a big part of my concern.

Also note that the timeout seems to be quite low relative to say the
standard timeout for a SCSI device (30 seconds worst case).

In general, I am quite supportive of the patch series and think that
this is a great addition.



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