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Re: ext3_free_blocks_sb when removing a more than 1GB file



On 3/4/11 12:07 PM, Stephane Cerveau wrote:
> :) I'm not removing the key during the test.
> 
> Yes "umount/mount/rm", "umount/fsck/mount/rm" and "rm" give the same error...
> 
> I have several keys from the same brand, model and I have the same issue.
> 
> When I said, a different key, it was a different brand.
> 
> At the end, it seems that ext2 is working fine!

It may well have different IO patterns.

> So maybe a problem in ext3 in 2.6.23 kernel ?!?
> I had a try on 2.6.32_27, I did not succeed to reproduce the issue.
> 
> Do you know when ext3 is supposed to be stable ?

heh, 2.4.x or so.

You could bisect kernel versions and see if you can arrive at a change
that fixed it.

I'd also find some tools to do more extensive IO testing on your usb
key, I still think it might be a hardware problem since only some
brand/models are affected.

-Eric

> BR
> 
> Stephane
> 
> 
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Eric Sandeen [mailto:sandeen redhat com]
> Sent: vendredi 4 mars 2011 18:59
> To: Stephane Cerveau
> Cc: ext3-users redhat com; Tristan Pateloup
> Subject: Re: ext3_free_blocks_sb when removing a more than 1GB file
> 
> On 3/4/11 11:54 AM, Stephane Cerveau wrote:
>> Hi,
>>
>> Thanks for your answer.
>> Here is my steps:
>>
>> - mkfs.ext3 /dev/sda1
>> - mount /dev/sda1 /mnt/usb
>> - dd if=/dev/zero of=/mnt/usb/test_file bs=1M count=1025   ( the size is important)
>> - sync
>> - rm /mnt/usb/test_file
> 
> Ok, I had the impression that you were removing the usb key at
> some point in the test, but I guess not.
> 
>> Then many errors appears "Ext3-fs error ( device sda1): ext3_free_blocks_sb: bit already cleared for block xxxx"
>>
>> I tried to umount/mount the storage but its not working also.
>> I tried to check the device before removing the file, not working also.
> 
> you mean that umount/mount/rm gives the same error?  As does umount/fsck/mount/rm ?
> 
>> Indeed with another usb key it's working...
>> I'm using a kernel 2.6.23
>>
>> The problem does NOT appear with mkfs.ext2 /dev/sda1 before
>>
>> What do you advise to do ?
> 
> Try a much newer kernel, first of all, to see if it's a known, fixed bug.
> 
> But since it works on another usb key, I still tend to blame the hardware.
> "bit already cleared" makes it sound like it is reading zeros when it
> should not be.
> 
> -Eric
> 
>> BR
>>
>> Stephane.
> 
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