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SubjectRe: Strange lockup with 2.6.0
> > I am constantly accessing NFS with this machine.  Read and write.  It was
> How much data at one go (max)?

I just dumped the backup I made from jaz to the nfs. I found out that some
things didn't get backed up. I did multiple backups and one file was larger
than the last (for the same filesystem).

Once I copyied to nfs (which did *NOT* crash it), I ran md5sum on both nfs
copy and jaz copy. both were exact same. then I copyied from nfs to nfs.

The size was about 350mb. (Quite surprised about the jaz drive performance

> > only when I backed it up with tar. In the event it doesn't lock, tar
> > crashes w/o error/warning (over NFS).
> So, it locks not always?

In the above case, still was booted with init=/bin/sh and did not lockup. I
did several tar backups. Sometimes I got a segmentation fault and killed
tar, other times I got my shell killed.

I have not tried enabling TCP yet. I'm going to try a 2.4 kernel soon. (I
want to stay with 2.6 since I have a DVD+RW drive)

> > > byte or 1K or 1M? Does it lock immediately as you start the backup or
> >
> > It locks up usually at one point, but not always.
> Since you could backup to Jazz, looks like your filesystem is ok, NFS also
> works in principle...

As stated above, one of the filesystems did not completely backup.

> > > after some time (you could start some process in the background
> > > periodically printing some info on the terminal, like vmstat, cat
> > > /proc/interrupts, free, tcpdump on both ends to a file...) Can you try NFS
> >
> > I can do this I think. It's fun when running with init being bash. It will
> > take some time to do since I can't scroll backwards.
> You could also attach a serial console and direct the output there (then
> you also can scroll).

I have not retrieved this yet.

> > > 10/100mbps?
> >
> > 100 FD always.
> Why I am interested in your experiences is that I also have a problem
> transferring large (several M) files over NFS when the server is 2.6 and
> both ends have 100 FD. (You can see my posts this week about 2.6 NFS.) And
> in my case it TCP fixed it. But I never had hard-locks, just cp hanged in
> D, and tcpdump showed timed out reassembly on the receiving side. But I
> was reading from the server.

I have done several gig of transfers to the 2.4 server. I was burning a
bunch of data from nfs to dvd+r.

In the tests I did above, I ran dmesg several times, Not once did I see an
oops. I'm not sure, I may have a hardware problem (It's going to be
replaced soon anyway)

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