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Re: [PATCH] xfs: xfs_alloc_fix_minleft can underflow near ENOSPC

To: "Michael L. Semon" <mlsemon35@xxxxxxxxx>
Subject: Re: [PATCH] xfs: xfs_alloc_fix_minleft can underflow near ENOSPC
From: Mark Tinguely <tinguely@xxxxxxx>
Date: Mon, 16 Feb 2015 11:35:50 -0600
Cc: Dave Chinner <david@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>, xfs@xxxxxxxxxxx
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On 02/15/15 21:39, Michael L. Semon wrote:
On 02/14/15 18:29, Dave Chinner wrote:
On Fri, Feb 13, 2015 at 05:40:29PM -0600, Mark Tinguely wrote:
On 02/12/15 17:14, Dave Chinner wrote:
From: Dave Chinner<dchinner@xxxxxxxxxx>

Test generic/224 is failing with a corruption being detected on one
of Michael's test boxes.  Debug that Michael added is indicating
that the minleft trimming is resulting in an underflow:

  before fixup:              rlen          1  args->len          0
  after xfs_alloc_fix_len  : rlen          1  args->len          1
  before goto out_nominleft: rlen          1  args->len          0
  before fixup:              rlen          1  args->len          0
  after xfs_alloc_fix_len  : rlen          1  args->len          1
  after fixup:               rlen          1  args->len          1
  before fixup:              rlen          1  args->len          0
  after xfs_alloc_fix_len  : rlen          1  args->len          1
  after fixup:               rlen 4294967295  args->len 4294967295
  XFS: Assertion failed: fs_is_ok, file: fs/xfs/libxfs/xfs_alloc.c, line: 1424

The "goto out_nominleft:" indicates that we are getting close to
ENOSPC in the AG, and a couple of allocations later we underflow
and the corruption check fires in xfs_alloc_ag_vextent_size().

The issue is that the extent length fixups comaprisons are done
with variables of xfs_extlen_t types. These are unsigned so an
underflow looks like a really big value and hence is not detected
as being smaller than the minimum length allowed for the extent.
Hence the corruption check fires as it is noticing that the returned
length is longer than the original extent length passed in.

This can be easily fixed by ensuring we do the underflow test on
signed values, the same way xfs_alloc_fix_len() prevents underflow.
So we realise in future that these casts prevent underflows from
going undetected, add comments to the code indicating this.

Reported-by: Michael L. Semon<mlsemon35@xxxxxxxxx>
Tested-by: Michael L. Semon<mlsemon35@xxxxxxxxx>
Signed-off-by: Dave Chinner<dchinner@xxxxxxxxxx>
  fs/xfs/libxfs/xfs_alloc.c | 4 +++-
  1 file changed, 3 insertions(+), 1 deletion(-)

int diff = be32_to_cpu(agf->agf_freeblks)
              - args->len - args->minleft;


        agf->agf_freeblks = 1
        args->len = 1
        args->minleft = 2

Therefore, diff = -2

@@ -286,7 +287,8 @@ xfs_alloc_fix_minleft(
        if (diff>= 0)
                return 1;

If the diff math was done correctly, wouldn't it get caught here?

No, diff<  0.

Hee, what was I thinking? sdrawkcab ylsouivbO

        args->len += diff;           /* shrink the allocated space */

1 += -2
   = -1

-       if (args->len>= args->minlen)

        if (0xffffffff>= 1)


+       /* casts to (int) catch length underflows */
+       if ((int)args->len >= (int)args->minlen)

        if (-1>= 1)


                return 1;
        args->agbno = NULLAGBLOCK;
        return 0;

We can and should fix the wrap in xfs_alloc_fix_minleft() but this
also points to the fact that xfs_alloc_fix_freelist() is incorrectly
choosing AGs that will later fail the allocation alignment, minlen,
and minleft requirements.

I don't think there's a problem there. At least, not the problem I
think you trying to describe.

You can connect the dots to see how this can lead to a deadlock with
extent frees. We have seen them. I hacked the XFS code to lead to
this situation.

You should post the test cases and the patch that exposes the issues
you are concerned about. Otherwise we have no real idea of what
problems you are talking about, and certainly can't reproduce them.

Also bad is xfs_alloc_vextent() will temporally ignore the minleft
for the xfs_alloc_fix_freelist() but makes the ag allocator enforce
the minleft.

Hmmm - I suspect you haven't understood the underlying reason for
setting minleft to zero for the call to xfs_alloc_fix_freelist().
There's are two places we do this: single AG constrainted
allocation, and the "any AG, but near ENOSPC" allocation.

For single AG constrained allocation, minleft is something we can
ignore because we must select that AG for allocation.  minleft is
applied against the total allocation requirement, not the minimum
length of allocation that can be done. Hence we might be able to do
a minlen allocation, but we'd reject it because we can't do a maxlen
allocation due to minleft requirements.

Hence we switch off minleft in that case when doing freelist checks
so that we don't reject allocations that could do a minlen
allocation successfully. This requires the low level allocator to be
able to trim back the selected extent from whatever length it finds
to repesect minleft, and if it can't then fail the allocation.
That is the function of xfs_alloc_fix_minleft() - constrain the
allocated extent to the required minleft or fail the allocation.

And for the lowspace algorithm, the reasoning is similar. After two
attempts to allocate in AGs that have enough space for a maxlen
allocation, we switch off minleft so that we only constrain the AG
search to AGs that can definitely satisfy a minlen allocation, hence
improving the chance we can do an allocation successfully near



I took something out of Mark's argument.  The original condition was
hit using fstests generic/224 on RAID-0, while sizing up an old Core
2 PC for a new purpose.  With Mark mentioning AGs, I looked around a
little bit.  The case can be hit more easily with this test on 16-GB

while true; do MKFS_OPTIONS='-d agcount=16' ./check generic/224; done

That may not mean anything--a 50 MB/s Caviar SE on a SATA-1 controller
may just make the original test too slow for my patience--but the
extra AGs do make things seem rather repeatable.

I'll be happy to leave both the Core 2 PC and the i686 Pentium 4 PC
in an unpatched state, should you or Mark want me to fetch more
values via printk debugging.  Everything else XFS is in pretty good
shape for the "small or few" purposes here.



Thanks Michael, you don't need to hold your test box for me. I do have a way to recreate these ABBA AGF buffer allocation deadlocks and understand the whys and hows very well. I don't have a community way to make a xfstest for it but I think your test is getting close.

I am certain that with Dave's patch alone, and pushed long enough you will hit the ABBA AGF buffer deadlock. It needs to do that allocation to the last AG while freeing an extent to that AG.


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