Re: XFS filesystem corruption on the arm(el) architecture

From: Eric Sandeen
Date: Fri Oct 17 2008 - 10:15:53 EST

Martin Michlmayr wrote:
> * Eric Sandeen <sandeen@xxxxxxxxxxx> [2008-10-16 17:13]:
>> So is this a regression? did it used to work? If so, when? :)
> The original report was with 2.6.18 but that was with the old ABI:
> I just installed a 2.6.22 kernel with EABI and I can also trigger
> the bug. So it's not a (recent) regression.
>> What's a little odd is that the buffer it dumped out looks like the
>> beginning of a perfectly valid superblock for your filesystem
>> (magic, block size, and block count all match). If you printk the
>> "bno" variable right around line 2106 in xfs_da_btree.c, can you see
>> what you get?
> bno is 0.

Ok, that's a little odd. (correlates with the "bad" magic that was
seen, because block 0 is the superblock, but doesn't make sense because
we were trying to read a directory leaf block, in theory)

If you unmount & remount, does the ls work then?

>> creating an xfs_metadump of the filesystem for examination on a
>> non-arm box might also be interesting.
> (11 MB)


xfs_repair on x86 shows no errors; however it won't mount normally (bad
log clientid) - but mount -o norecovery,ro and subsequent ls works fine
(at first I thought filenames were badly scrambled but then remembered
that xfs_metadump does this by default ;))

The remaining problem that I know of on some arm architectures is a vmap
cache aliasing problem that usually shows up as log corruption; that may
explain the bad clientid thing but not sure why we're reading block 0 above.

Do you know what cachepolicy you're booted with? If it's writeallocate,
you might try cachepolicy=writeback, otherwise try cachepolicy=uncached
(which will be horribly slow) and see if the problem goes away or not;
it'd be a clue.

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