Re: nfs problems with 2.6.18-rc1

From: Janos Farkas
Date: Mon Jul 17 2006 - 06:20:10 EST

On 2006-07-17 at 09:23:38, Neil Brown wrote:
> On Thursday July 13, chexum+dev@xxxxxxxxx wrote:
> > I recently updated two (old) hosts to 2.6.18-rc1, and started noticing
> > weird things with the nfs mounted /home s.
> So this is both the client and the server that you upgraded? That
> makes is harder to point the finger of blame :-)

Yeah, smart thing :) Thank you for the response! When I have
downgraded the server to 2.6.17, none of those errors happened again.
(And I left the setup that way, because some programs have been
corrupting their config files because of the spurious read errors --
most notably zsh and firefox.)

> I wonder if that is pointing the finger at
> as that is a recent change that returns 'EACCES'... but I cannot see
> that being relevant in this case as it only affects directories.

As far as I can see, that patch is from May 21st, and went in 17-rc5,
thus obviously 2.6.17 is newer than that... But a bunch of nfs changes
happened in 18-rc1.

> The standard answer for tracing nfs problems if 'tcpdump'.
> e.g.
> tcpdump -s 0 -w /tmp/trace host $CLIENT and host $SERVER and port 2049
> that should show whether the error is coming from the server, or if
> the client is generating it all by itself.

Well, I tried that, but I couldn't see errors flying on the wire. That
would point to flaws in the 18-rc1 client (but only surfacing with an
rc1 server?), or in my eyes :)

> Also turn on tracing. Something like:
> on server
> echo 32767 > /proc/sys/sunrpc/nfsd_debug
> on client
> echo 32767 > /proc/sys/sunrpc/nfs_debug
> You can be a bit more selective by only enabling individual flags.
> For the server, these are in include/linux/nfsd/debug.h
> You probably want FH, EXPORT AUTH PROC FILEOP
> For the client, they are near the end of include/linux/nfs_fs.h
> Not sure which to choose... maybe just all of them.

Thanks, that's probably what I've been looking for. I'll try to debug
this with a 2.6.18-rc2(client):2.6.17(server) and 2.6.18-rc2(both) setup
later this day, but those machines are currently in the process of
reorganizing their RAID config :)

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