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SubjectRe: kupdate weirdness
On Wed, 01 Aug 2007 22:45:16 +0200
Miklos Szeredi <miklos@szeredi.hu> wrote:

> The following strange behavior can be observed:
>
> 1. large file is written
> 2. after 30 seconds, nr_dirty goes down by 1024
> 3. then for some time (< 30 sec) nothing happens (disk idle)
> 4. then nr_dirty again goes down by 1024
> 5. repeat from 3. until whole file is written
>
> So basically a 4Mbyte chunk of the file is written every 30 seconds.
> I'm quite sure this is not the intended behavior.
>
> The reason seems to be that __sync_single_inode() will move the
> partially written inode from s_io onto s_dirty, and sync_sb_inode()
> will not splice it back onto s_io until the rest of the inodes on s_io
> has been processed.

It does all sorts of weird crap.

> Since there will probably be a recently dirtied inode on s_io, this
> will take some of time, but always less than 30 sec.
>
> I don't know what's the easiest solution.
>
> Any ideas?

Try 2.6.23-rc1-mm2.
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