Re: WARNING in xfs_lwr.c, xfs_write()

From: Ilia Mirkin
Date: Sat Jun 12 2010 - 01:01:10 EST

Sorry to pick up an old-ish thread, but I have a similar situation:

On Sun, May 23, 2010 at 9:19 PM, Dave Chinner <david@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> On Sun, May 23, 2010 at 09:23:44AM -0500, Roman Kononov wrote:
>> On 2010-05-23, 20:18:56 +1000, Dave Chinner <david@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
>> > Can you find out what the application is triggering this?

I noticed this happening with mysql and xtrabackup -- the latter opens
up mysql's files while mysql is still running (and modifying its own
files) and backs them up in a (hopefully) safe way. mysql had been
running on the machine without any such warnings for a while before we
ran the backup, so I'm pretty sure that the backup is involved,
although its process is never listed. Specifically the warning is:

[2584257.839386] ------------[ cut here ]------------
[2584257.839395] WARNING: at fs/xfs/linux-2.6/xfs_lrw.c:651
[2584257.839398] Hardware name: PowerEdge R710
[2584257.839399] Modules linked in: nfsd cifs iTCO_wdt iTCO_vendor_support
[2584257.839406] Pid: 7761, comm: mysqld Not tainted 2.6.33-gentoo-r2 #1
[2584257.839407] Call Trace:
[2584257.839411] [<ffffffff8120da46>] ? xfs_write+0x3dc/0x784
[2584257.839415] [<ffffffff81038733>] warn_slowpath_common+0x77/0xa4
[2584257.839417] [<ffffffff8103876f>] warn_slowpath_null+0xf/0x11
[2584257.839419] [<ffffffff8120da46>] xfs_write+0x3dc/0x784
[2584257.839424] [<ffffffff810033ce>] ? apic_timer_interrupt+0xe/0x20
[2584257.839427] [<ffffffff8120a51a>] xfs_file_aio_write+0x5a/0x5c
[2584257.839430] [<ffffffff810d7cbe>] do_sync_write+0xc0/0x106
[2584257.839435] [<ffffffff810ff862>] ? __fsnotify_parent+0xc7/0xd3
[2584257.839437] [<ffffffff810d8624>] vfs_write+0xab/0x105
[2584257.839439] [<ffffffff810d86da>] sys_pwrite64+0x5c/0x7d
[2584257.839442] [<ffffffff81002a6b>] system_call_fastpath+0x16/0x1b
[2584257.839444] ---[ end trace 8b0c2a6e5e86745f ]---

> Yes, it should be safe, but the kernel code can't know whether this
> is true or not - there are no specific interlocks with direct IO to
> prevent concurrent buffered IO to the same region while a direct IO
> is in progress. XFS does best effort attempts to maintain coherency
> does not provide any guarantees, hence the warning when known race
> conditions are tripped.

Would it be safe to remove the warning at
fs/xfs/linux-2.6/xfs_lrw.c:651 (which looks like it has moved to
xfs_file.c in 2.6.34)? It seems undesirable to get a long stream of
these (51 in this particular instance) every time we run a backup...
IOW, is the warning purely something along the lines of "Userspace is
doing something wonky, but the underlying FS will still be fine no
matter what" kind of deal, or could there be an actual problem with
the XFS metadata itself?

Thanks for any advice,

Ilia Mirkin
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