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SubjectRe: [ext3][kernels >= 2.6.20.7 at least] KDE going comatose when FS is under heavy write load (massive starvation)
Andrew Morton wrote:
> Yes, there can be issues with needing to allocate journal space within the
> context of a commit. But

no-no, this isn't required. we only need to mark pages/blocks within
transaction, otherwise race is possible when we allocate blocks in transaction,
then transacton starts to commit, then we mark pages/blocks to be flushed
before commit.

> a) If the page has newly allocated space on disk then the metadata which
> refers to that page is already in the journal: no new journal space
> needed.
>
> b) If the page doesn't have space allocated on disk then we don't need
> to write it out at ordered-mode commit time, because the post-recovery
> filesystem will not have any references to that page.
>
> c) If the page is dirty due to overwrite then no metadata update was required.
>
> IOW, under what circumstances would an ordered-mode commit need to allocate
> space for a delayed-allocate page?

no need to allocate space within commit thread, I think. only to take care
of the race I described above. in hackish version of data=ordered for delayed
allocation I used counter of submitted bio's with newly-allocated blocks and
commit thread waits for the counter to reach 0.

>
> However b) might lead to the hey-my-file-is-full-of-zeroes problem.
>

thanks, Alex

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