Re: [GIT PULL] block/io bits for 2.6.35-rc

From: Jens Axboe
Date: Mon Jun 28 2010 - 03:03:20 EST

On 2010-06-28 01:10, Mark Lord wrote:
> On 10/06/10 12:44 PM, Brian Bloniarz wrote:
>> On 06/10/2010 12:25 PM, Jens Axboe wrote:
>>> On 2010-06-10 17:55, Linus Torvalds wrote:
>>>> On Thu, Jun 10, 2010 at 6:44 AM, Jens Axboe<jaxboe@xxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
>>>>> - A set of patches fixing the WB_SYNC_NONE writeback from Christoph. So
>>>>> we should finally have both functional and working WB_SYNC_NONE from
>>>>> umount context.
>>>> I _really_ think this is too late, considering how broken it has been.
>>>> We already reverted the WB_SYNC_NONE things exactly because it didn't
>>>> work, didn't we? I'm going to be off-line in two days, and this part
>>>> of the pull request really makes me nervous, if only simply because of
>>>> the history of it all (ie it's always been broken, why shouldn't it be
>>>> broken now?).
>>>> IOW, that's a lot of scary changes, that have historically not been
>>>> safe or sufficiently tested, and have caused problems for various
>>>> filesystems. Convince me why they should suddenly be ok to merge?
>>> I agree, it's late and it makes me nervous too. I had them cook for
>>> a day, didn't see any problems. And Christoph would not send it in
>>> unless it passes at least xfs qa, which is what found the problems
>>> last time (the ones we reverted).
>>> It's fixing a regression where umount takes a LONG time if you have
>>> a lot of dirty inodes, since it basically degenerates to a data
>>> integrity writeback instead of a simple WB_SYNC_NONE. If it wasn't
>>> fixing a nasty regression (the distros are all wanting a real fix
>>> for this, it's a user problem), I would not be submitting this code
>>> at this point in time.
>> Reinforcing that last point: from what I could figure out, Fedora 13
>> is shipping the buggy WB_SYNC_NONE patch currently. Ubuntu 10.04 is
>> shipping an in-kernel workaround that has serious performance
>> drawbacks.
>> has links to the
>> downstream bugs.
> ..
> Jens, this bug has been biting my servers badly here for the past
> few months -- umount after a backup (from ext4 to ext4) takes 3-4 minutes
> instead of the expected 3-4 seconds.
> Is there a patch file for this against 2.6.34 that I (and others) could use?

It's the patch series from Christoph in my for-linus branch, I intend
to push it upstream when Linus is back and taking patches.

Jens Axboe

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