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SubjectRe: [1/6] 2.6.21-rc4: known regressions
Linus Torvalds wrote:

> In contrast, the hang reported by Mariusz Kozlowski has a slightly
> different feel to it, but there's a tantalizing pattern in there too:
> Call Trace:
> [<c03ec87e>] io_schedule+0x42/0x59
> [<c0184915>] sleep_on_buffer+0x8/0xc
> [<c03ed217>] __wait_on_bit+0x47/0x6c
> [<c03ed297>] out_of_line_wait_on_bit+0x5b/0x64
> [<c01848a8>] __wait_on_buffer+0x27/0x2d
> [<c01b4228>] journal_commit_transaction+0x707/0x127f
> [<c01b868b>] kjournald+0xac/0x1ed
> [<c0126af5>] kthread+0xa2/0xc9
> [<c010422b>] kernel_thread_helper+0x7/0x1c
> which certainly also looks like an IO never completed (or completed but
> never woke anything up).
> It also seems to be related to *buffers*. Maybe the whole bh layer thing
> is a fluke, but it's not waiting for normal data, it's very much waiting
> for those journal things that all use buffer heads.Which just makes me
> worry about those patches by Nick (which did come in through Andrew). I
> don't think it's the memorder one (it looks safe and shouldn't matter on
> x86 anyway!), but what about the
> fs: fix __block_write_full_page error case buffer submission
> locking change for example? Or that "fs: fix nobh data leak" thing with
> its fix? It uses "SetPageUptodate(page);" without waking up anybody who
> might wait for it (but the waiters here seem to wait on buffers, so that's
> probably not it)..

Nothing sleeps on PageUptodate, so I don't think that could explain it.

The fs: fix __block_write_full_page error case buffer submission patch
does change the locking, but I'd be really suprised if that was the
problem, because it changes locking to match the regular non-error path

It could be possible that ext3 is doing something weird and expecting
the old behaviour if it failed get_block, but that seems pretty weird
to do, and would need fixing.

fs: nobh data leak... again hard to see how it could cause an unlock/wakeup
to get lost. Is Mariusz using the nobh mount option?

It wouldn't hurt to test with these patches backed out...

> Alternatively, maybe it really is an _io_ problem (and the buffer-head
> thing is just a red herring, and it could happen to other IO, it's just
> that metadata IO uses buffer heads), and it's the scheduler changes since
> 2.6.20..

I see what you mean. Could it be an ext3 or jbd change I wonder?

SUSE Labs, Novell Inc.
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