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[dm-devel] Re: Data corruption on software RAID

> > But with RAID (since 2.6.13), it can produce corruption because when the
> > buffer is modified while being written, different versions of data can be
> > written to devices in the RAID array. For example:
> >
> > 1. pdflush turns off a dirty bit on Ext2 bitmap buffer and starts writing
> > the buffer to RAID-1
> > 2. the kernel allocates some blocks in that Ext2 bitmap. One of RAID-1
> > devices writes new data, the other one gets old data.
> > 3. The kernel turns on the buffer dirty bit, so this buffer is scheduled for
> > next write.
> > 4. RAID-1 subsystem sees that both writes finished, it thinks that this
> > region is in-sync, turns off its dirty bit in its region bitmap and writes
> > the bitmap to disk.
> >   
> Would this help:
> RAID-1 sees that both writes finished. It checks the dirty bits on all
> relevant buffers/pages. If none got re-dirtied, then it is ok to
> turn off the dirty bit in the region bitmap and write that. Otherwise, it is
> not!
> Or is such a check too time-consuming?

That is impossible. The page cache can answer questions like "where is 
page 0x1234 from inode 0x5678 located on disk?" But it can't answer the 
reverse question: "which inode and which page is using disk block 

Furthermore, with device mapper you can stack several mapping tables each 
on other --- and again --- device mapper can't solve the reverse problem 
it can't tell you which filesystem is using block X.


> Helge Hafting

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