Re: 2.6.19 file content corruption on ext3

From: Marc Haber
Date: Thu Dec 28 2006 - 13:06:36 EST

On Tue, Dec 19, 2006 at 09:51:49AM +0100, Marc Haber wrote:
> On Sun, Dec 17, 2006 at 09:43:08PM -0800, Andrew Morton wrote:
> > Six hours here of fsx-linux plus high memory pressure on SMP on 1k
> > blocksize ext3, mainline. Zero failures. It's unlikely that this testing
> > would pass, yet people running normal workloads are able to easily trigger
> > failures. I suspect we're looking in the wrong place.
> I do not have a clue about memory management at all, but is it
> possible that you're testing on a box with too much memory? My box has
> only 256 MB, and I used to use mutt with a _huge_ inbox with mutt
> taking somewhat 150 MB. Add spamassassin and a reasonably busy mail
> server, and the box used to be like 150 MB in swap.
> I have tidied my inbox in the mean time and mutt's memory requirement
> has been reduced to somewhat 30 MB, which might be the cause that I
> don't see the issue that often any more.

After being up for ten days, I have now encountered the file
corruption of pkgcache.bin for the first time again. The 256 MB i386
box is like 26M in swap, is under very moderate load.

I am running plain vanilla Is there a patch that I should
apply against that would help in debugging?


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