Subject: Re: PR 36963
To: None <>
From: der Mouse <mouse@Rodents.Montreal.QC.CA>
List: tech-kern
Date: 09/19/2007 12:08:45
> /home is a mount point.  [...]  But it should be noted that the
> postfix, postgresql, and apache users don't touch /home.  postgresql
> resides under /var (which is directly under /), and they exhibit the
> same kind of error.

The closest common ancestor is, then, /, right?

UTSLing makes me think that fstatvfs1() - the syscall that fails in
your ktraces - does stuff walking up/down the directory tree, unless
certain flags are given.  I'm beginning to suspect that something is
weird with / when the system is hosed.  It sure looks to me as though
the errors occur for, and only for, things that read / (as opposed to
searching it), as if it loses its world read bit or some such.

The real baffler to me is how logging out fixes it.  Do you have a
program that just does a stat() and prints out the results?  Siccing
that on / might reveal something interesting.

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