Re: [BUG] 2.4.17-rc1 still has I/O freezing bug

From: Ken Brownfield (
Date: Fri Dec 14 2001 - 06:53:28 EST

This reproduces for me as well under -rc1 (SMP, ext3, aic7xxx,
1xCeleron). In my case, dd gets to about 912 MB before stopping, and
during the write up to that point the machines' interactive response
stalls occasionally for a few seconds. Sync etc stuck in device-wait.

Hopefully whoever wrote the patch can comment.


On Thu, Dec 13, 2001 at 10:18:42PM -0800, Barry K. Nathan wrote: | 2.4.17-rc1 still has the bug that I reported for -pre8, where dd from | /dev/zero to a file on a loopback-mounted filesystem still freezes after | a few seconds. (I confirmed this by testing it on my systems here.) | | Instructions to reproduce on a regular system (as opposed to the weird | setup on my notebook, which I detailed in a previous post to the | linux-kernel mailing list, that made me notice this problem in real-world | use): | | 1. dd if=/dev/zero bs=1024k count=1024 of=/tmp/loopf (put the file on | any non-loopback filesystem -- this works with both IDE and SCSI) | | 2. mke2fs /tmp/loopf | | 3. mount -o loop /tmp/loopf /mnt/disk (or just /mnt, or wherever) | | 4. log into another virtual console or whatever, so you can do | 'ls -l /mnt/disk' or the equivalent (this is especially important if | your disk doesn't have a visible activity light) | | 5. dd if=/dev/zero bs=1024k of=/mnt/disk/zero [normally this should fill | the disk up then exit with an error] | | 6. Watch the activity light, or wait 10 seconds and issue ls commands in | the other terminal. The activity light will turn off in a few seconds, | and the /mnt/disk/zero file will stop growing after a few hundred | megabytes or so, well ahead of the disk actually running out of space. | Killing the dd command with ^C at the console is impossible, and a kill -9 | also fails. ps shows the dd command and the [loop0] kernel thread both | stuck in D state, despite the lack of physical disk activity. | | This is 100% reproducible for me, on both of the systems that I have | tried it on. With -rc1, as with -pre8, *reverting* the following patch | fixes the problem: | | diff -urN linux-2.4.17-pre1/fs/buffer.c linux/fs/buffer.c | --- linux-2.4.17-pre1/fs/buffer.c Wed Nov 21 14:40:17 2001 | +++ linux/fs/buffer.c Sat Dec 1 00:35:16 2001 | @@ -1036,6 +1036,7 @@ | unsigned long dirty, tot, hard_dirty_limit, soft_dirty_limit; | | dirty = size_buffers_type[BUF_DIRTY] >> PAGE_SHIFT; | + dirty += size_buffers_type[BUF_LOCKED] >> PAGE_SHIFT; | tot = nr_free_buffer_pages(); | | dirty *= 100; | | -Barry K. Nathan <> - To unsubscribe from this list: send the line "unsubscribe linux-kernel" in the body of a message to More majordomo info at Please read the FAQ at

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