Re: endless sync on bdi_sched_wait()?

From: Dave Chinner
Date: Thu Apr 01 2010 - 07:14:10 EST

On Thu, Apr 01, 2010 at 01:42:42PM +0300, Denys Fedorysychenko wrote:
> Thats correct, it is quite busy cache server.
> Well, if i stop squid(cache) sync will finish enough fast.
> If i don't - it took more than hour. Actually i left that PC after 1 hour, and
> it didn't finish yet. I don't think it is normal.
> Probably sync taking new data and trying to flush it too, and till he finish
> that, more data comes.
> Actually all what i need - to sync config directory. I cannot use fsync,
> because it is multiple files opened before by other processes, and sync is
> doing trick like this. I got dead process, and only fast way to recover system
> - kill the cache process, so I/O pumping will stop for a while, and sync()
> will have chance to finish.
> Sure there is way just to "remount" config partition to ro, but i guess just
> sync must flush only current buffer cache pages.
> I will do more tests now and will give exact numbers, how much time it needs
> with running squid and if i kill it shortly after running sync.

Ok. What would be interesting is regular output from /proc/meminfo
to see how the dirty memory is changing over the time the sync is


Dave Chinner
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