nfs4 server stops responding

From: Rantala, Tommi T. (Nokia - FI/Espoo)
Date: Mon Aug 19 2019 - 08:26:03 EST


I have two VMs, exporting some directories in one VM:
# cat /etc/exports

And NFS mounting in the second VM:
# grep nfs /proc/mounts
server:/export /mnt/export nfs4
local_lock=none,addr= 0 0

If I keep some file descriptor open for several minutes in the second VM,
for example by running this:
# sleep 10m >/mnt/export/test

Then result is that the NFS mount stops responding: the sleep process
never finished but is "forever" stuck in (killable) D state, and any I/O
attempt from other processes in /mnt/export never finish.
It's always reproducible with this sleep command.
To recover the mountpoint I need to reboot the second VM.

Kernel version is 5.3.0-rc4 in both VMs.
Also reproducible with 4.14.x and 4.19.x

# ps aux|grep sleep
root 2524 0.0 0.0 5900 688 pts/0 D 14:04 0:00 sleep 5m

# grep -C100 nfs /proc/*/stack
/proc/2524/stack:[<0>] nfs4_do_close+0x87d/0xb20 [nfsv4]
/proc/2524/stack:[<0>] __put_nfs_open_context+0x297/0x4f0 [nfs]
/proc/2524/stack:[<0>] nfs_file_release+0xbe/0xf0 [nfs]
/proc/2524/stack-[<0>] __fput+0x1df/0x690
/proc/2524/stack-[<0>] task_work_run+0x123/0x1b0
/proc/2524/stack-[<0>] exit_to_usermode_loop+0x121/0x140
/proc/2524/stack-[<0>] do_syscall_64+0x2d1/0x370
/proc/2524/stack-[<0>] entry_SYSCALL_64_after_hwframe+0x44/0xa9
/proc/561/stack-[<0>] __rpc_execute+0x692/0xb10 [sunrpc]
/proc/561/stack-[<0>] rpc_run_task+0x45f/0x5d0 [sunrpc]
/proc/561/stack:[<0>] nfs4_call_sync_sequence+0x12a/0x210 [nfsv4]
/proc/561/stack:[<0>] _nfs4_proc_getattr+0x19a/0x200 [nfsv4]
/proc/561/stack:[<0>] nfs4_proc_getattr+0xda/0x230 [nfsv4]
/proc/561/stack:[<0>] __nfs_revalidate_inode+0x2ed/0x7a0 [nfs]
/proc/561/stack:[<0>] nfs_do_access+0x605/0xd00 [nfs]
/proc/561/stack:[<0>] nfs_permission+0x500/0x5e0 [nfs]
/proc/561/stack-[<0>] inode_permission+0x2dd/0x3f0
/proc/561/stack-[<0>] link_path_walk.part.60+0x681/0xe40
/proc/561/stack-[<0>] path_lookupat.isra.63+0x1af/0x850
/proc/561/stack-[<0>] filename_lookup.part.79+0x165/0x360
/proc/561/stack-[<0>] vfs_statx+0xb9/0x140
/proc/561/stack-[<0>] __do_sys_newstat+0x77/0xd0
/proc/561/stack-[<0>] do_syscall_64+0x9a/0x370
/proc/561/stack-[<0>] entry_SYSCALL_64_after_hwframe+0x44/0xa9

In dmesg of second VM sometimes nfs complaints are seen:

[ 386.362897] nfs: server xyz not responding, still trying

Any ideas what's going wrong here...?