On Mon, May 17, 2010 at 05:28:30PM -0400, Doug Ledford wrote:
> On 05/09/2010 10:20 PM, Dave Chinner wrote:
> > On Sun, May 09, 2010 at 08:48:00PM +0200, Rainer Fuegenstein wrote:
> >> today in the morning some daemon processes terminated because of
> >> errors in the xfs file system on top of a software raid5, consisting
> >> of 4*1.5TB WD caviar green SATA disks.
> > Reminds me of a recent(-ish) md/dm readahead cancellation fix - that
> > would fit the symptoms of (btree corruption showing up under heavy IO
> > load but no corruption on disk. However, I can't seem to find any
> > references to it at the moment (can't remember the bug title), but
> > perhaps your distro doesn't have the fix in it?
> > Cheers,
> > Dave.
> That sounds plausible, as does hardware error. A memory bit flip under
> heavy load would cause the in memory data to be corrupt while the on
> disk data is good.
The data dumps from the bad blocks weren't wrong by a single bit -
they were unrecogniѕable garbage - so that it very unlikely to be
a memory erro causing the problem.
> By waiting to check it until later, the bad memory
> was flushed at some point and when the data was reloaded it came in ok
> this time.
Yup - XFS needs to do a better job of catching this case - the
prototype metadata checksumming patch caught most of these cases...