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SubjectRe: [vm] writing to UDF DVD+RW (/dev/sr0) while under memory pressure: box ==> doorstop

On Sun, 2008-01-06 at 12:29 -0800, Andrew Morton wrote:
> On Sun, 06 Jan 2008 19:01:10 +0100 Mike Galbraith <> wrote:
> >
> > On Sun, 2008-01-06 at 10:42 +0100, Mike Galbraith wrote:
> > > FWIW, here's box having same seizure writing to /dev/pktcdvd/sr0.
> >
> > Ugh, horrid device IO ==> horrid VM AFIKT. I'll continue rummaging, but
> > I wonder, am I doing something _so_ stupid as to warrant zero response?
> >
> Copying linux-mm might have helped. Bad time of year, too.
> >From the traces it looks like all IO has stopped and everyone is waiting
> (directly or indirectly) for certain IO completions. Is that really true,
> or is IO still dribbling along?
> >From the kswapd0 trace it would appear that UDF is doing synchronous writes
> (udf_update_inode->sync_dirty_buffer) which perhaps is making things
> mightily slow.

This is a pretty uninteresting thread except for the VM aspect, but
rather than leave it dangling, I'll laugh at my naivety and close.

Seeks on DVD drives are apparently far FAR more horrible that I ever
imagined, so writing to a filesystem on a DVD+RW in effect constitutes
the stupid thing I was worried about above. Make an image, populate it,
write it instead... sure to be a truckload faster, and due to the VM
connection, much safer too. Oh well.



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