Subject: kern/26878: FFSv2 + softdep = livelock (no free ram)
To: None <gnats-bugs@gnats.NetBSD.org>
From: Richard Earnshaw <email@example.com>
Date: 09/07/2004 20:43:12
>Synopsis: FFSv2 + softdep = livelock (no free ram)
>Arrival-Date: Tue Sep 07 23:33:00 UTC 2004
>Originator: Richard Earnshaw
>Release: NetBSD 2.0_BETA
System: NetBSD osprey.buzzard.freeserve.co.uk 2.0_BETA NetBSD 2.0_BETA (OSPREY) #0: Thu Aug 5 20:31:21 BST 2004 firstname.lastname@example.org:/work/rearnsha/netbsd/build/cats/src/sys/arch/cats/compile/OSPREY cats
Physical RAM 128M. HDD: 80G Maxtor running in UDMA-1 mode.
creating a FFSv2 filesystem and then mounting it with soft
dependencies can lead to the situation where the kernel runs out of
free memory if there is heavy disk activity (eg untarring a large
amount of data). The system isn't truly dead (top continues to
run), but shows that there is only ~4k (1 page) of memory on the
free list. However, no new processes can be started and it's
impossible to kill any existing ones.
No idea. Probably should ignore softdep flag if FFSv2 mode for now.