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SubjectRe: [PATCH] fs: Fix busyloop in wb_writeback()
On Mon, Sep 21 2009, Wu Fengguang wrote:
> On Mon, Sep 21, 2009 at 09:06:34PM +0800, Jens Axboe wrote:
> > On Mon, Sep 21 2009, Wu Fengguang wrote:
> > > On Thu, Sep 17, 2009 at 02:41:06AM +0800, Jens Axboe wrote:
> > > > On Wed, Sep 16 2009, Jan Kara wrote:
> > > > > If all inodes are under writeback (e.g. in case when there's only one inode
> > > > > with dirty pages), wb_writeback() with WB_SYNC_NONE work basically degrades
> > > > > to busylooping until I_SYNC flags of the inode is cleared. Fix the problem by
> > > > > waiting on I_SYNC flags of an inode on b_more_io list in case we failed to
> > > > > write anything.
> > > >
> > > > Interesting, so this will happen if the dirtier and flush thread end up
> > > > "fighting" each other over the same inode. I'll throw this into the
> > > > testing mix.
> > > >
> > > > How did you notice?
> > >
> > > Jens, I found another busy loop. Not sure about the solution, but here
> > > is the quick fact.
> > >
> > > Tested git head is 1ef7d9aa32a8ee054c4d4fdcd2ea537c04d61b2f, which
> > > seems to be the last writeback patch in the linux-next tree. I cannot
> > > run the plain head of linux-next because it just refuses boot up.
> > >
> > > On top of which Jan Kara's I_SYNC waiting patch and the attached
> > > debugging patch is applied.
> > >
> > > Test commands are:
> > >
> > > # mount /mnt/test # ext4 fs
> > > # echo 1 > /proc/sys/fs/dirty_debug
> > >
> > > # cp /dev/zero /mnt/test/zero0
> > >
> > > After that the box is locked up, the system is busy doing these:
> > >
> > > [ 54.740295] requeue_io() +457: inode=79232
> > > [ 54.740300] mm/page-writeback.c +539 balance_dirty_pages(): comm=cp pid=3327 n=0
> > > [ 54.740303] global dirty=60345 writeback=10145 nfs=0 flags=_M towrite=1536 skipped=0
> > > [ 54.740317] requeue_io() +457: inode=79232
> > > [ 54.740322] mm/page-writeback.c +539 balance_dirty_pages(): comm=cp pid=3327 n=0
> > > [ 54.740325] global dirty=60345 writeback=10145 nfs=0 flags=_M towrite=1536 skipped=0
> > > [ 54.740339] requeue_io() +457: inode=79232
> > > [ 54.740344] mm/page-writeback.c +539 balance_dirty_pages(): comm=cp pid=3327 n=0
> > > [ 54.740347] global dirty=60345 writeback=10145 nfs=0 flags=_M towrite=1536 skipped=0
> > > ......
> > >
> > > Basically the traces show that balance_dirty_pages() is busy looping.
> > > It cannot write anything because the inode always be requeued by this line:
> > >
> > > if (inode->i_state & I_SYNC) {
> > > if (!wait) {
> > > requeue_io(inode);
> > > return 0;
> > > }
> > >
> > > This seem to happen when the partition is FULL.
> >
> > OK, I'll have to look into these issues soonish. I'll be travelling next
> > week though, so I cannot do more about it right now. If you have time to
> > work on tested patches, then that would be MUCH appreciated it!
>
> Jens, your bug fix patches arrive just before I submit this bug report :)

Good!

--
Jens Axboe



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