by Rui Sousa[permalink] [raw]
On Sun, 8 Oct 2000, Rik van Riel wrote:
> On Sun, 8 Oct 2000, Rui Sousa wrote:
> > After starting 2 processes that scan a lot of files (diff, find,
> > slocate, ...) it's impossible to run any other processes that
> > touch the disk, they will stall until one of the first two stop.
> > Could this be a sign of starvation in the elevator code?
> It could well be. I've seen this problem too and don't
> really have another explanation for this phenomenon.
> OTOH, maybe there is another reason for it that hasn't
> been found yet ;)
I finally had time to give this a better look. It now seems the problem
is in the VM system.
I patched a test10-pre4 kernel with kdb, then started two "diff -ur
linux-2.4.0testX linux-2.4.0testY > log1" and two "find / -true >
log". After this I tried cat"ing" a small file. The cat never
returned. At this point I entered kdb and did a stack trace on the "cat"
So it seems the process is either in a loop in ___wait_on_page()
racing for the PageLock or it never wakes-up... (I guess I could add a
printk to check which)
Unfortunately I didn't find anything obviously wrong with the code.
I hope you can do a better job tracking the problem down.
As a reminder:
i686, UP, 64Mb RAM, IDE disks, ext2.
by Rik van Riel[permalink] [raw]
On Fri, 27 Oct 2000, Rui Sousa wrote:
> I finally had time to give this a better look. It now seems the
> problem is in the VM system.
> So it seems the process is either in a loop in ___wait_on_page()
> racing for the PageLock or it never wakes-up... (I guess I could
> add a printk to check which)
It is spinning in ___wait_on_page() because the page never
becomes available, because the IO doesn't get scheduled to
disk in time.
This appears to be an elevator problem, not a VM problem.
"What you're running that piece of shit Gnome?!?!"
-- Miguel de Icaza, UKUUG 2000