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Re: [RFC PATCH v2 2/3] xfs: fix xfsaild hang due to premature idle

To: Mark Tinguely <tinguely@xxxxxxx>
Subject: Re: [RFC PATCH v2 2/3] xfs: fix xfsaild hang due to premature idle
From: Brian Foster <bfoster@xxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Mon, 21 May 2012 20:31:44 -0400
Cc: xfs@xxxxxxxxxxx
In-reply-to: <4FBAB16A.7000808@xxxxxxx>
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On 05/21/2012 05:19 PM, Mark Tinguely wrote:
> On 05/21/12 13:49, Brian Foster wrote:
>> Running xfstests 273 in a loop reproduces an XFS lockup due to
>> xfsaild entering idle mode indefinitely. The following
>> high-level sequence of events lead to the hang:
>> - xfsaild is running, hits the stuck item threshold and reschedules,
>>    setting xa_last_pushed_lsn appropriately.
>> - xa_threshold is updated.
>> - xfsaild restarts from the previous xa_last_pushed_lsn, hits the
>>    new target and enters idle mode, even though the previously
>>    stuck items still populate the ail.
>> Modify the tout logic to only enter idle mode when the ail is empty.
>> IOW, if we hit the target but did not perform the current scan from
>> the start of the ail, reschedule at least one more time.
>> Signed-off-by: Brian Foster<bfoster@xxxxxxxxxx>
>> ---
>>   fs/xfs/xfs_trans_ail.c |    2 +-
>>   1 files changed, 1 insertions(+), 1 deletions(-)
>> diff --git a/fs/xfs/xfs_trans_ail.c b/fs/xfs/xfs_trans_ail.c
>> index ae620eb..8bc8aa2 100644
>> --- a/fs/xfs/xfs_trans_ail.c
>> +++ b/fs/xfs/xfs_trans_ail.c
>> @@ -503,7 +503,7 @@ xfsaild_push(
>>       /* assume we have more work to do in a short while */
>>   out_done:
>> -    if (!count) {
>> +    if (!count&&  !ailp->xa_last_pushed_lsn) {
>>           /* We're past our target or empty, so idle */
>>           ailp->xa_last_pushed_lsn = 0;
>>           ailp->xa_log_flush = 0;

Hi Mark,

> There is another patch in the OSS XFS (43ff2122 in git://oss.sgi.com/xfs/xfs) 
> that is not yet in Linus' tree that is in this area and that is why it is not 
> applying cleanly.

Ah, sorry about that. This is my first time posting patches for XFS so I'm 
relatively new to the process. :) Should I rebase against the oss.sgi.com tree? 
For future reference, are new patches expected to be based against that tree?

> So the xfs_log_force() will un-stick the stuck items from the previous pass 
> which set the ailp->xa_last_pushed_lsn = 0; I am asking to be re-assured the 
> count will be non-zero and you won't go idle with still stuck items.

I'm not sure I parse this comment... but my interpretation of xfsaild_push() is 
that it's possible to "miss" a section of the ail (as reflected by count) when 
xa_last_pushed_lsn is non-zero. If xa_last_pushed_lsn is 0, how could count be 
zero unless the ail is empty?


> The problem that we are chasing in the AIL seems different than lost wakeup 
> (next patch), but it would be interesting to have the patch in the kernel for 
> testing.
> --Mark Tinguely

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