Bug 104526 - oops in journaling code (journal.c:372)
oops in journaling code (journal.c:372)
Product: Red Hat Enterprise Linux 2.1
Classification: Red Hat
Component: kernel (Show other bugs)
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Assigned To: Stephen Tweedie
Brian Brock
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Blocks: 106054
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Reported: 2003-09-16 14:35 EDT by Neil Horman
Modified: 2014-01-15 15:57 EST (History)
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Fixed In Version: QU3
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Last Closed: 2004-01-08 19:14:47 EST
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Description Neil Horman 2003-09-16 14:35:47 EDT
Description of problem:
Two oopses on an AS box (e.25 kernel) while trying to write to the journal -
failing assertion of locked buffer - comments in journal.c at line 372 suggest
that the assertion is possibly incorrect - oopses can be viewed in issue tracker
as number 27638

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How reproducible:
Unknown - waiting on customer for details on reproducability

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Comment 1 Bill Nottingham 2003-09-16 14:37:17 EDT
Please post that oops information here.
Comment 2 Neil Horman 2003-09-16 15:51:17 EDT
Assertion failure in journal_write_metadata_buffer() at journal.c:372:
------------[ cut here ]------------
kernel BUG at journal.c:372!
invalid operand: 0000
Kernel 2.4.9-e.25enterprise
CPU:    3
EIP:    0010:[<f8899674>]    Tainted: P
EFLAGS: 00010286
EIP is at journal_write_metadata_buffer [jbd] 0x74
eax: 00000020   ebx: 00000000   ecx: c02f7844   edx: 0001e30e
esi: 00000000   edi: e34eb420   ebp: d0b27160   esp: f3323e08
ds: 0018   es: 0018   ss: 0018
Process kjournald (pid: 38, stackpage=f3323000)
Stack: f889e3e1 00000174 0000013a f3348400 00000000 00000000 f2b37730 00000000
      e34eb420 d0b27160 f8896c73 e34eb420 f2b37730 f3323e58 0000030d 00000000
      00000fd4 e3c5302c 00000003 e34eb420 eb663550 0000030d f6314a00 00000000
Call Trace: [<f889e3e1>] .LC63 [jbd] 0x28b
[<f8896c73>] journal_commit_transaction [jbd] 0x773
[<f8820d8f>] rw_intr [sd_mod] 0x20f
[<c01255d0>] process_timeout [kernel] 0x0
[<c0118c7b>] wake_up_process [kernel] 0xb
[<c0124d41>] __run_timers [kernel] 0xd1
[<c0125384>] run_local_timers [kernel] 0x94
[<c0114288>] smp_apic_timer_interrupt [kernel] 0xb8
[<c0119945>] schedule [kernel] 0x385
[<f88994a6>] kjournald [jbd] 0x146
[<f8899340>] commit_timeout [jbd] 0x0
[<c0105836>] arch_kernel_thread [kernel] 0x26
[<f8899360>] kjournald [jbd] 0x0
Comment 3 Stephen Tweedie 2003-10-02 11:50:32 EDT
A patch in later 2.4 kernels (for transaction.c:612 oopses) introduced a bug
that triggered this specific assert failure rather frequently.  We identified a
flaw in the way that the buffer_jdirty state was being handled, and that is
fixed in upstream kernels.

I'm not certain whether the same flaw could be triggered differently by AS-2.1
ext3 --- certainly, the window is much smaller in that kernel, as the flaw was
reported very frequently when the later-2.4 kernel transaction.c:612 fix was
added, but we have only a few isolated reports of it on AS-2.1.  But there's a
good chance that the later buffer_jdirty fix will fix this on AS-2.1 too.

We have patches back-ported to AS-2.1 to fix both of these issues, and those are
in testing internally.
Comment 4 Kevin Krafthefer 2003-10-02 14:15:20 EDT
when will this update be through QA?
Comment 5 Stephen Tweedie 2003-10-02 16:14:21 EDT
The fully-supported, fully-QAed release is scheduled to be part of the
forthcoming U3 major AS-2.1 update release.

We've got the kernel in testing, though, and we hope that a beta, engineering
build will be available as soon as Monday for customers to evaluate.
Comment 6 Kevin Krafthefer 2003-10-06 14:06:55 EDT
Is the beta now available?
Comment 8 Stephen Tweedie 2003-10-08 11:58:32 EDT
An unsupported engineering kernel containing this fix is now available for
testing and evaluation at


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