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[dm-devel] Re: Help tracking down problem --- endless loop in __find_get_block_slow

Jeff Mahoney <jeffm suse com> wrote:
> In my experience, the loop is actually outside of
> __find_get_block_slow(), in __getblk_slow(). I've been using xmon to
> interrupt the kernel, and the results vary but are all rooted in the
> for(;;) loop in __getblk_slow. It appears as though grow_buffers is
> finding/creating the page, but then __find_get_block can't locate the
> buffer it needs.

Yes, that'll happen.  Because there are still buffers attached to the page
which have the wrong blocksize.  Say, if someone is trying to read a 2k
buffer_head which is backed by a page which already has 1k buffer_heads
attached to it.

Does your kernel not have that big printk in __find_get_block_slow()?  If
it does, maybe some of the buffers are unmapped.  Try:

--- 25/fs/buffer.c~a	Tue Feb 22 15:27:35 2005
+++ 25-akpm/fs/buffer.c	Tue Feb 22 15:27:41 2005
@@ -456,7 +456,7 @@ __find_get_block_slow(struct block_devic
 	 * file io on the block device and getblk.  It gets dealt with
 	 * elsewhere, don't buffer_error if we had some unmapped buffers
-	if (all_mapped) {
+	{
 		printk("__find_get_block_slow() failed. "
 			"block=%llu, b_blocknr=%llu\n",
 			(unsigned long long)block, (unsigned long long)bh->b_blocknr);

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