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SubjectRe: kernel panic in skb_copy_bits
On 06/30/13 17:13, Alex Bligh wrote:
> --On 28 June 2013 12:17:43 +0800 Joe Jin <> wrote:
>> Find a similar issue
>> So copied to Xen
>> developer as well.
> I thought this sounded familiar. I haven't got the start of this
> thread, but what version of Xen are you running and what device
> model? If before 4.3, there is a page lifetime bug in the kernel
> (not the xen code) which can affect anything where the guest accesses
> the host's block stack and that in turn accesses the networking
> stack (it may in fact be wider than that). So, e.g. domU on
> iCSSI will do it. It tends to get triggered by a TCP retransmit
> or (on NFS) the RPC equivalent. Essentially block operation
> is considered complete, returning through xen and freeing the
> grant table entry, and yet something in the kernel (e.g. tcp
> retransmit) can still access the data. The nature of the bug
> is extensively discussed in that thread - you'll also find
> a reference to a thread on linux-nfs which concludes it
> isn't an nfs problem, and even some patches to fix it in the
> kernel adding reference counting.

Do you know if have a fix for above? so far we also suspected the
grant page be unmapped earlier, we using 4.1 stable during our test.

> A workaround is to turn off O_DIRECT use by Xen as that ensures
> the pages are copied. Xen 4.3 does this by default.
> I believe fixes for this are in 4.3 and 4.2.2 if using the
> qemu upstream DM. Note these aren't real fixes, just a workaround
> of a kernel bug.

The guest is pvm, and disk model is xvbd, guest config file as below:

vif = ['mac=00:21:f6:00:00:01,bridge=c0a80b00']
OVM_simple_name = 'Guest#1'
disk = ['file:/OVS/Repositories/0004fb000003000091e9eae94d1e907c/VirtualDisks/0004fb0000120000f78799dad800ef47.img,xvda,w', 'phy:/dev/mapper/360060e8010141870058b415700000002,xvdb,w', 'phy:/dev/mapper/360060e8010141870058b415700000003,xvdc,w']
bootargs = ''
uuid = '0004fb00-0006-0000-2b00-77a4766001ed'
on_reboot = 'restart'
cpu_weight = 27500
OVM_os_type = 'Oracle Linux 5'
cpu_cap = 0
maxvcpus = 8
OVM_high_availability = False
memory = 4096
OVM_description = ''
on_poweroff = 'destroy'
on_crash = 'restart'
bootloader = '/usr/bin/pygrub'
guest_os_type = 'linux'
name = '0004fb00000600002b0077a4766001ed'
vfb = ['type=vnc,vncunused=1,vnclisten=,keymap=en-us']
vcpus = 8
OVM_cpu_compat_group = ''
OVM_domain_type = 'xen_pvm'

> To fix on a local build of xen you will need something like this:
> and something like this (NB: obviously insert your own git
> repo and commit numbers)

I think this only for pvhvm/hvm?

> Also note those fixes are (technically) unsafe for live migration
> unless there is an ordering change made in qemu's block open
> call.
> Of course this might be something completely different.

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