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SubjectRe: Recursive chmod/chown OOM kills box with 32MB RAM
Denis Vlasenko wrote:
> On Monday 30 January 2006 15:22, Chris Mason wrote:
>>>> chown -Rc 0:<n> .
>>>>in a top directory of tree containing ~21938 files
>>>>on reiser3 partition:
>>>> /dev/sdc3 on /.3 type reiserfs (rw,noatime)
>>>>causes oom kill storm. "ls -lR", "find ." etc work fine.
>>In order for the journaled filesystems to make sure the FS is consistent after
>>a crash, we need to keep some blocks in memory until other blocks have been
>>written. These blocks are pinned, and can't be freed until a certain amount
>>of io is done.
>>In the case of reiserfs, it might pin as much as the size of the journal at
>>any time. The default journal is 32MB, which is much too large for a system
>>with only 32MB of ram.
>>You can shrink the log of an existing filesystem. The minimum size is 513
>>blocks, you might try 1024 as a good starting poing.
>>reiserfstune -s 1024 /dev/xxxx
> I had reiserfsprogs 3.6.11 and reiserfstune (above command) made my /dev/sdc3
> unmountable without -t reiserfs. I upgraded reiserfsprogs to 3.6.19 and now
> reiserfsck /dev/sdc3 reports no problems, but mount problem persists:
> # mount -t reiserfs /dev/sdc3 /.3
> # umount /.3
> # mount /dev/sdc3 /.3
> mount: you must specify the filesystem type
> # dmesg | tail -3
> br: port 1(ifi) entering forwarding state
> FAT: bogus number of reserved sectors
> VFS: Can't find a valid FAT filesystem on dev sdc3.
> "chown -Rc <n>:<m> ." now does not OOM kill the box, so this issue
> is resolved, thanks!
> Can I restore sdc3 somehow that I won't need -t reiserfs in mount command?
> You can find result of
> dd if=/dev/sdc3 of=1m bs=1M count=1
> at

At the risk of stating the obvious:
1 - is reaser a module, and is it loaded?
2 - did this ever work? I think you said you removed the entry from
fstab, was the filetype there which made it work?

-bill davidsen (
"The secret to procrastination is to put things off until the
last possible moment - but no longer" -me
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