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Re: generic/258 questions (mount issue)...

To: Dave Chinner <david@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Subject: Re: generic/258 questions (mount issue)...
From: "Michael L. Semon" <mlsemon35@xxxxxxxxx>
Date: Wed, 22 May 2013 18:58:15 -0400
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On 05/21/2013 09:26 PM, Dave Chinner wrote:
> On Tue, May 21, 2013 at 08:43:13PM -0400, Michael L. Semon wrote:
>> Hi!  When using xfstests generic/258 with along with $TEST_RTDEV
>> $TEST_LOGDEV, it tends to scream bloody murder about corrupted
>> partitions and such.  In fact, the commands in the test seem to do
>> the right thing when executed by hand.  So once again, I grasped for
>> straws and came up with this:
>> --- xfstests/tests/generic/258.orig  2013-05-21 20:19:38.430754829 -0400
>> +++ xfstests/tests/generic/258       2013-05-21 20:10:11.509021368 -0400
>> @@ -62,7 +62,7 @@
>>  # unmount, remount, and check the timestamp
>>  echo "Remounting to flush cache"
>>  umount $TEST_DEV
>> -mount $TEST_DEV $TEST_DIR
>> +_test_mount
>>  # Should yield -315593940 (prior to epoch)
>>  echo "Testing for negative seconds since epoch"
>> My questions are these:
>> 1) Was there a better way to do this?
> No, your change is correct. Can you clean up the description of the
> problem you had and add a Signed-off-by?
>> 2) Not knowing the policy on umounting $TEST_DEV, could this have
>> been a test for $SCRATCH_DEV?
> There are a handful of other tests that also unmount the TEST_DEV.
> Perhaps adding a _test_umount() wrapper to common/rc (similar to
> _scratch_umount) would be best. At least shared/243 needs the same
> _test_mount treatment as this test.
> Cheers,
> Dave.

I have a simple _test_mount change in shared/243, tested and ready to 
post.  However, it may work the same either way.  AFAIK, the test seems 
to go like this:

xfs_io this;
if ( ext4 )
  do some unmounted ext4 stuff;
  mount -t ${FSTYP} ...;
xfs_io that;
if ( ext4 )

So if it isn't ext4 being tested, $TEST_DEV is not umounted at all.
Until I got a closer look at this, it was a surprise to see the 
XFS+rtdev+logdev pass without changes.

The rest of your comments will be followed when I get home.  To use the 
external logdev means a 20%-30% improvement in some test results on XFS.
To get the other file systems to do this will certainly have me looking
at the $TEST_DEV mount and umount code anyway.



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