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Re: panic: ffs_valloc: dup alloc

On Mar 20, 2010, at 7:17 PM, David Holland wrote:

> On Sat, Mar 20, 2010 at 05:03:16PM -0400, Steven Bellovin wrote:
>>> Let me see if I can find my first note on the subject -- it might
>>> give a clue about the date of any changes.
>> Turns out that I sendpr-ed it in September: kern/42104.
> I even responded to the PR, not that I had any useful ideas at the
> time.
> That sounds like maybe the problem is not on the suspend side but on
> the resume side, that is, that stuff is being written out before (some
> layer of) the disk subsystem is ready to go again. With vanilla FFS
> such writes should be synchronous so it should be (relatively) easy to
> figure out what's going on. Do you feel like trying out dtrace? :-)

If you'd asked a week ago, sure; now, I don't have the time.
> On the other hand, if fsck thinks the inode for a named pipe is
> unallocated (or particularly, has duplicate blocks, since pipes
> shouldn't have blocks at all)... that means that whatever went wrong
> went wrong when the pipe was created, not when something exited and
> removed it. And with vanilla ffs, those are synchronous writes and
> they should happen in quick succession; if the inode didn't get
> written but the directory did, something's more badly wrong than just
> the disk not being ready yet. And I strongly suspect that the pipe
> creation isn't tied to suspending, that is, the pipe should have been
> created long before you suspended and should not in general be removed
> and recreated by suspending. And that means either something is
> severely wrong in general and you're only seeing it after crashing due
> to suspend (which is possible, but seems not too likely) or the
> suspend cycle is actively writing garbage and corrupting the fs.

I don't think it's just named pipes anymore; the last crash I had did pretty 
horrific things to the file system, probably because some processes were busy 
creating files at the time I suspended.
> Meanwhile, getting traps while dumping is Very Strange (TM). Do we
> have any kind of debug code that can checksum memory before and after
> the suspend? I wonder if something ACPI-related is garbaging memory.

                --Steve Bellovin,

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