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Re: XFS handling of synchronous buffers in case of EIO error

To: Ajeet Yadav <ajeet.yadav.77@xxxxxxxxx>
Subject: Re: XFS handling of synchronous buffers in case of EIO error
From: Dave Chinner <david@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Fri, 31 Dec 2010 10:13:53 +1100
Cc: xfs@xxxxxxxxxxx
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On Thu, Dec 30, 2010 at 05:58:36PM +0530, Ajeet Yadav wrote:
> Kernel:
> I am trouble shooting a hang in XFS during umount.
> Test scenerio: Copy large number of files files using below script, and
> remove the USB after 3-5 second

FWIW, in future can you please report what kernel you are testing on?

> index=0
> while [ "$?" == 0 ]
> do
>         index=$((index+1))
>         sync
>         cp $1/1KB.txt $2/"$index".test
> done
> In rare scenerio during USB unplug the umount process hang at xfs_buf_lock.
> Below log shows the hung process
> We have put printk to buffer handling functions xfs_buf_iodone_callbacks(),
> xfs_buf_error_relse(), xfs_buf_relse() and xfs_buf_rele()
> We always observed the hang only comes when bp->b_relse =
> xfs_buf_error_relse(). i.e when xfs_buf_iodone_callbacks() execute
> XFS_BUF_SET_BRELSE_FUNC(bp,xfs_buf_error_relse);
>  buf its never called by xfs_buf_relse() because b_hold = 3.
> Also we have seen that this problem always comes when bp->relse != NULL &&
> bp->hold > 1.

This appears to be the same problem as reported here:


> I do not know whether below prints will help you, but I have taken printk
> for super block buffer tracing
> S-functionname ( Start of function)
> E-functionname (End of function)

If you have a recent enough kernel, you can get all this information
from the tracing built into XFS.

As it is, the cause of the problem is that setting bp->b_relse
changes the behaviour of xfs_buf_relse() - if bp->b_relse is set, it
doesn't unlock the buffer. This is normally just fine, because
xfs_buf_rele() has a special case to handle buffers with
bp->b_relse(), which adds a hold count and call the release function
when the hold count drops to zero. The b_relse function is supposed
to unlock the buffer by calling xfs_buf_relse() again.

Unfortunately, the superblock buffer is special - the hold count on
it never drops to zero until very late in the unmont process because
it is managed by the filesystem.  Hence the bp->b_relse function is
never called, and hence the buffer is never unlocked in this case.
Hence future attempts to access it hang.

I'll need to think about this one for a bit...


Dave Chinner

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