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Re: [linux-lvm] Then XFS will hang after snapshotting in xfs_freeze -f in kernel-2.4

On 8/4/06, kong wei <viken_one hotmail com> wrote:
he problem is may very old. But I have searched this maillist by google.
The messages are so much but none can help me.
So ask for help here.

It's about the patch linux-2.4.18-lvm-VFSlock.patch.

The kernel is linux-2.4.21-47EL with above patch been patched.
And I also have tried this two patch
linux-2.4.21-VFS-lock-erperimental.patch(See attached files)

The xfs come from linux-2.4-xfs(http://oss.sgi.com/projects/xfs/).
The xfsprogs version is 2.6.13
The lvm version is 1.0.8

Steps to reproduce this problem:
1: Assume a LV(/dev/testvg/testlv) has been created.
   mkfs.xfs this LV.(mkfs.xfs /dev/testvg/testlv)
   mount it on directory /LVM. (mount /dev/testvg/testlv /LVM)
2. xfs_freeze -f  /LVM
3. lvcreate -L100M -snTEST_SNAPSHOT /dev/testvg/testlv
4. xfs_freeze -u /LVM
5. umount /LVM
The the umount command will not return forever, something operator may
also hang there as sync.

In 2.6.9, after xfs_freeze -f, the operator lvcreate a snapshot may hang.
Only xfs_freeze -u in another session. the snapshot can be done.

So in 2.4 also should be done like this, It's the problem about the lock
s_umount(in fs/super.c) or the lock bd_mount_sem(fs/buffer.c in 2.6kernel).

Thanks && Best Regards

Wei Kong

Your taking me back a ways but in the fall of 2002 I did extensive
2.4.x kernel xfs/snapshot testing.  I reported any issues I uncovered
to the XFS team and they resolved them all.

This was prior to XFS being integrated into the mainline kernel.  Also
the VFS-lock patch was not in the mainline kernel.

I was just looking back at an old e-mail I sent to the xfs mailing
list and per a status update I sent, the issues I could detect were
corrected as of Sept. 3 -2002.


Note that as part of the process I wrote some pretty heavy duty
snapshot tests and submitted them to the xfs project.  In my tests I
did NOT use the VFS-lock patch.  Instead I called xfs_freeze -f and
xfs_freeze -u as required.  There have been issues at times with doing
both.  ie. You should either use the VFS-lock patch to automatically
freeze the filesystem, or you should call xfs_freeze -f, but doing
both has caused lockup problems at various times in the kernels

To see exactly what my snapshot test did see xfstests/068 in the xfs
tree.  I have not updated the test to work with 2.6.x kernels, so it
should still be a good tool to test 2.4.x kernels.  That is unless
someone else updated it.  I'm not part of the core XFS team and I have
not been following their mailing list for a couple of years now.

Greg Freemyer
The Norcross Group
Forensics for the 21st Century

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