Re: [linux-pm] Re: A unresponsive file system can hang all I/O inthe system on linux-2.6.23-rc6 (dirty_thresh problem?)

From: Alan Stern
Date: Fri Sep 28 2007 - 12:45:54 EST

On Fri, 28 Sep 2007, Peter Zijlstra wrote:

> On Fri, 2007-09-28 at 07:28 -0600, Jonathan Corbet wrote:

> > Is it really NFS-related? I was trying to back up my 2.6.23-rc8 system
> > to an external USB drive the other day when something flaked and the
> > drive fell off the bus. That, too, was sufficient to wedge the entire
> > system, even though the only thing which needed the dead drive was one
> > rsync process. It's kind of a bummer to have to hit the reset button
> > after the failure of (what should be) a non-critical piece of hardware.
> >
> > Not that I have a fix to propose...:)
> the per bdi work in -mm should make the system not drop dead.
> Still, would a remove,re-insert of the usb media end up with the same
> bdi? That is, would it recognise as the same and resume the transfer.

Removal and replacement of the media might work. I have never tried

But Jon described removal of the device, not the media. Replacing the
device definitely will not work.

Alan Stern

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