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Re: long hangs when deleting large directories (3.0-rc3)

To: Markus Trippelsdorf <markus@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Subject: Re: long hangs when deleting large directories (3.0-rc3)
From: Dave Chinner <david@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Mon, 20 Jun 2011 08:24:47 +1000
Cc: xfs@xxxxxxxxxxx
In-reply-to: <20110618141950.GA1685@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
References: <20110618141950.GA1685@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
User-agent: Mutt/1.5.20 (2009-06-14)
On Sat, Jun 18, 2011 at 04:19:50PM +0200, Markus Trippelsdorf wrote:
> Running the latest git kernel (3.0-rc3) my machine hangs for long
> periods (1-2 sec) whenever I delete a large directory recursively on my
> xfs partition. During the hang I cannot move the mouse pointer or use
> the keyboard (but the music keeps playing without stuttering). A quick
> way to reproduce is to "rm -fr" a kernel tree. 

So what is the system doing when it "hangs"? Is it CPU bound (e.g.
cpu scheduler issue)? Is the system running out of memory and
stalling everything in memory reclaim? What IO is occurring?

> This happens on a 4kb SATA hard drive:

How does this appear to the OS? as a 512/512, 512/4k or 4k/4k
logical/physical sector size drive?

> xfs_info /var
> meta-data=/dev/sda1              isize=256    agcount=4, agsize=12800000 blks
>          =                       sectsz=4096  attr=2
> data     =                       bsize=4096   blocks=51200000, imaxpct=25
>          =                       sunit=0      swidth=0 blks
> naming   =version 2              bsize=4096   ascii-ci=0
> log      =internal               bsize=4096   blocks=25000, version=2
>          =                       sectsz=4096  sunit=1 blks, lazy-count=1
> realtime =none                   extsz=4096   blocks=0, rtextents=0
> /dev/sda1 on /var type xfs (rw,noatime,attr2,delaylog,logbsize=256k,noquota)

Is your partition correctly sector aligned for however your drive
maps it's 4k sectors?


Dave Chinner

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