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SubjectRe: XFS read hangs in 3.1-rc10
On Fri, Oct 21, 2011 at 01:28:57PM -0700, Simon Kirby wrote:
> > So we're waiting for the inode to be flushed, aka I/O again.
>
> But I don't seem to see any queued I/O, hmm.

Well, as far as XFS is concerned the inode is beeing flushed and
the buffer is locked. It could be stuck in the XFS internal delwri
list because a buffer for example is pinned.

If that is the case the big hammer patch I attached below - probably
not the final issue, but it should fix the hang if that is the case.

> > If this doesn't help I'll probably need to come up with some tracing
> > patches for you.
>
> It seemes 3.0.7+gregkh's stable-queue queue-3.0 patches seems to be
> running fine without blocking at all on this SSD box, so that should
> narrow it down significantly.
>
> Hmm, looking at git diff --stat v3.0.7..v3.1-rc10 fs/xfs , maybe not.. :)
>
> Maybe 3.1 fs/xfs would transplant into 3.0 or vice-versa?

If the patch above doesn't work I'll prepare a backport for you.

Index: linux-2.6/fs/xfs/xfs_sync.c
===================================================================
--- linux-2.6.orig/fs/xfs/xfs_sync.c 2011-10-24 10:02:27.361971264 +0200
+++ linux-2.6/fs/xfs/xfs_sync.c 2011-10-24 10:11:03.301036954 +0200
@@ -764,7 +764,8 @@ xfs_reclaim_inode(
struct xfs_perag *pag,
int sync_mode)
{
- int error;
+ struct xfs_mount *mp = ip->i_mount;
+ int error;

restart:
error = 0;
@@ -772,6 +773,18 @@ restart:
if (!xfs_iflock_nowait(ip)) {
if (!(sync_mode & SYNC_WAIT))
goto out;
+
+ /*
+ * If the inode is flush locked we probably had someone else
+ * push it to the buffer and the buffer is now sitting in
+ * the delwri list.
+ *
+ * Use the big hammer to force it.
+ */
+ xfs_log_force(mp, XFS_LOG_SYNC);
+ set_bit(XBT_FORCE_FLUSH, &mp->m_ddev_targp->bt_flags);
+ wake_up_process(mp->m_ddev_targp->bt_task);
+
xfs_iflock(ip);
}
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