Subject: Re: raidframe: parity dirty with read-only file systems?
To: Klaus Heinz <firstname.lastname@example.org>
From: Greg Oster <email@example.com>
Date: 07/13/2006 09:51:50
Klaus Heinz writes:
> due to some problems with external USB disks I had NetBSD/i386 3.0_stable
> crashing. In order to reproduce the problem without breaking my file
> systems I marked all of them read-only in /etc/fstab.
> Every time after the crash happened the parity information of the raid
> with mounted (read-only) file systems was "dirty" while parity for the
> raid with unmounted file-systems was "clean".
> I assume parity can only get "dirty" when data is written to the raid
> How can anything be written to a raid when all the file-systems are
Well, nothing should be, but RAIDframe doesn't currently detect that
it's just being opened read-only. I just trolled through
ffs_vfsops.c, and I can see where RAIDframe can be told that it's
a read-only mount (though VOP_OPEN), but I can't see where it would
be told that the filesystem is transitioning from read-only to
read-write. Unless this information can get passed in through
VOP_OPEN (or by some other means) and for all possible filesystems
that might live on top of a RAID set, RAIDframe is stuck in thinking
that whoever opened a partition might want to write to it... and
thus it gets marked "dirty" as soon as it's opened, and doesn't get
marked "clean" until the last open partition is closed.