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Re: [linux-lvm] random occasional filesystem corruption

On 1/22/06, Alasdair G Kergon <agk redhat com> wrote:
> On Sat, Jan 21, 2006 at 11:21:51AM -0600, Jeff McClure wrote:
> > System is Debian testing, kernel 2.6.15 (but the problem was also seen
> > on a 2.6.14 kernel).
> > lvm2 package is 2.01.04-5 (with lvm-common version 1.5.20).
> 1. Update your kernel to include the patches I sent to dm-devel and
> linux-kernel mailing lists in the last couple of weeks.
> 2. Update your userspace device-mapper and linux-lvm packages to the
> latest ones (as referenced in the linux-kernel emails).
> 3. Then see if you can reproduce the problems.  If you can, look out for
> the next set of snapshot patches following in the next week or two...
> Alasdair

Thanks for the suggestions, Alasdair. I've already figured out it's
not in LVM (or RAID). I decided to go ahead and pull out the LVM layer
to see if it still happened. It did. In fact, during the various large
file copies I did, I learned that it would happen on a filesystem
directly on one of the hard drives in question (no RAID, no LVM).

Another interesting data point... if I booted into an old 2.4
kernel/root filesystem I had lying around, it worked beautifully (even
with LVM2 in place).

I picked up a Belkin (Silicon Image SI860-based) ATA133 card to
replace the Promise Ultra66 that was running the two drives. I have
had absolutely no problems since. So... my current hypotheses are:

1) The pd202xx_old driver in 2.6 is buggy.


2) The Ultra66 didn't get along well with the Maxtor 200GB ATA133
drives (6L200R0). Why I didn't see this in 2.4, I don't know. However,
the problem seems to be more frequent during heavy disk access. I
could be convinced that the 2.6 kernel is sufficiently more efficient
so as to create the access rate necessary to reveal the problem.


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