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SubjectRe: [BUG] Linux 2.6.22 - Atomic counter underflow in NFS
Hi Chris,

On Wed, 1 Aug 2007, Chris Rankin wrote:

> I am running a 2.6.22 kernel on a dual P4 Xeon (HT enabled) with 2 GB RAM, and I have just found
> this BUG in my dmesg log:
> nfsd: last server has exited
> nfsd: unexporting all filesystems
> BUG: atomic counter underflow at:
> [<c01a382a>] kref_put+0x66/0x84
> [<c0188bc2>] sysfs_hash_and_remove+0xb8/0x12d
> [<c0188bca>] sysfs_hash_and_remove+0xc0/0x12d
> [<c01522e2>] sysfs_slab_alias+0x19/0x5c
> [<c0152438>] sysfs_slab_add+0x113/0x124
> [<c01527de>] kmem_cache_create+0x12d/0x1d3
> [<f8d9df1b>] nfs4_state_start+0x3b/0x1a7 [nfsd]
> [<f8d8a485>] nfsd_svc+0x51/0x10d [nfsd]
> [<f8d8ae76>] write_threads+0x65/0x96 [nfsd]
> [<c016c279>] simple_transaction_get+0x70/0x82
> [<f8d8ae11>] write_threads+0x0/0x96 [nfsd]
> [<f8d8ab9f>] nfsctl_transaction_write+0x36/0x5c [nfsd]
> [<f8d8ab69>] nfsctl_transaction_write+0x0/0x5c [nfsd]
> [<c0155392>] vfs_write+0x8a/0x10c
> [<c0155901>] sys_write+0x41/0x67
> [<c010266e>] sysenter_past_esp+0x5f/0x85
> =======================
> NFSD: Using /var/lib/nfs/v4recovery as the NFSv4 state recovery directory
> NFSD: starting 90-second grace period

I expect this is easy to reproduce at will (when shutting down nfs
services, probably), right?

Please try the latest mainline -git kernel (say 2.6.23-rc1-git10 from and let us know if this still occurs? There were some fixes
regarding sysfs symlink refcounting that went in recently, and this looks
like one of those cases to me.

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