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SubjectRe: [BUG] ext4/block null pointer crashes in linux-next
On Mon, 15 Oct 2018 21:52:01 -0400, "Theodore Y. Ts'o" said:
> Given the commit that it bisected down to, I very much doubt it has
> anything to do with a specific directory or pathname. Either you or
> your distribution has enabled blk cgroup for I/O throttling, and


[~] zgrep CGROUP /proc/config.gz

> there's some race that you're tripping across. What ext4 file or
> directory happens to be accessed when you trip across the problem is
> probably just pure luck.

I'm suspecting that my repeatable crash with rpm just does a *really*
good job of setting up the race.

> If you can disable the block I/O throttling configuration (which may
> very well be distro-specific), the problem will probably go away. I
> don't use blkcg at all, personally, and on a personal laptop
> (especially if you have an SSD), I really don't see the point.

I often turn on new features just to watch the sparks fly.

> Still, I'm sure the people who *do* use blkcg for real (mostly in data
> centers, in my experience) will probably thank you for being a great
> guinea pig. :-)

It's why I build a linux-next kernel every week. ;)

Looks like I should enable DEBUG_BLK_CGROUP and see what that says.

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