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SubjectRe: Rampant ext3/4 corruption on 2.6.34-rc7 with VIVT ARM (Marvell 88f5182)
> On Tue, 2010-05-11 at 19:23 +1000, Benjamin Herrenschmidt wrote:
> > Since I doubt ext3 is busted so dramatically in mainline for "normal" machines,
> > I tend to suspect things could be related to the infamous vivt caches. On the
> > other hand, it's pretty clearly metadata or journal corruption and I'm not
> > sure we ever do things that could cause aliases (such as vmap etc..) on
> > these things, and they shouldn't be mapped into userspace... unless it's fsck
> > itself that causes aliases to occur at the block device level ? (I do unmount
> > though before I run fsck).
> >
> > On the other hand, it could also be a busticated marvell SATA driver :-)
> >
> > I have no problem with the vendor kernel, but it's ancient (2.6.12) and based
> > on an out of tree variant of a Marvell originated BSP, so everything is
> > completely different, especially in the area of drivers for the chipset.
> >
> > Anyways, I'll see if I can gather more data tomorrow as time, viruses and sick
> > kids permits.
> >
> > In the meantime, any hint appreciated.
> A quick other test which brings more infos, using a smaller (about 5GB)
> partition and no md or raid involved:
> - Boot with NFS root
> - mkfs /dev/sdb2 (no md or raid involved)
> - mount /dev/sdb2 /mnt/test
> - rsync -avx /test-stuff /mnt/test
> - cd /mnt/test
> - md5sum -c ~/test-stuff-sums.txt
> That gives me a whole bunch of:
> md5sum: ./usr/bin/debconf-escape: No such file or directory
> ./usr/bin/debconf-escape: FAILED open or read
> ./usr/bin/stat: OK
> md5sum: ./usr/bin/chrt: No such file or directory
> ./usr/bin/chrt: FAILED open or read
Could you get the filesystem image with: e2image -r /dev/sdb2 buggy-image
bzip2 it and make it available somewhere? Maybe I could guess something
from the way the filesystem gets corrupted.
Oh, and also overwrite the partition with zeros before calling mkfs to make
the analysis simpler.

> In fact, if I do ls /mnt/test/usr/bin/ I see debconf but if I do
> ls /mnt/test/usr/bin/chrt then I get No such file or directory.
> So something is badly wrong :-)
> Now, trying without the dir_index feature (mkfs.ext3 -O ^dir_index)
> and it works fine. All my md5sum's are correct and fsck passes.
Funny. Not sure how that could happen...

Jan Kara <>
SuSE CR Labs

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