Re: [PATCH] Allow SysRq emergency sync to thaw frozen filesystems

From: Eric Sandeen
Date: Sat Jan 17 2009 - 10:44:40 EST

Bodo Eggert wrote:
> Eric Sandeen <sandeen@xxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
>> Valdis.Kletnieks@xxxxxx wrote:
>>> On Thu, 15 Jan 2009 21:59:10 CST, Eric Sandeen said:
>>>> Oh, actually, I'd think not. If the freeze was done properly by the
>>>> filesystem, all data was flushed, the fs was quiesced, and new IO was
>>>> blocked. pdflush should never be visiting these...
>>> Yes, but a lot of 'if's - and usually you're reaching for sysrq-S precisely
>>> *because* you suspect that stuff wasn't happening properly on its own...
>> Actually, only one if - if the fs implemented freeze properly.
>> Well, the use case I envision here is something like:
>> # freeze /my/mount/point/to/fs/to/snapshot
>> except oops, that wasn't mounted, and you just froze your root fs.
> Maybe freeze should protect against that by requiring to specify the exact
> mountpount, unless you say freeze --subdir?

That's a good idea. My "freeze" above was a hypothetical tool which
doesn't really exist yet, but should get that enhancement. :)
(xfs_freeze does not do this checking today, it probably should)

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