Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 222152
stack overflow in do_IRQ under heavy disk load with HPT ide driver md lvm reiser fs
Last modified: 2008-02-07 23:24:12 EST
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Description of problem:
Using 4 160GB drives attached to a HighPoint Raid controller. The controller has 4 IDE devices all on the same IRQ. I used the primary channel on each.
Each disk has a single partition, and they are all joined into a raid 5 array.
The raid array was added to LVM as a single PV.
I created a 120GB logical volume and used mkreiserfs to put down the FS metadata. After mounting the file system, I tried to copy about 16GB of data to the new file system. The system locked up solid after about 3 to 4 GB was copied.
I found that by slowing down the copy by using compress/decompress in a pipeline allowed me to get the whole 16GB copied. I then tried copying the 16GB off. Same result, system locked up hard. I was able to copy the data off using the compress/decompress trick.
I searched the Internet and the driver source and found the idrX=serialize options. Using ide2=serialize ide3=serialize ide4=serialize ide5=serialize helped. Switching to the ext3 file system also helps.
I'm now using the ideX=serialize and ext3 file system. The system can still be made to crash, but I have to try a lot harder.
My suggestion is to have all devices on all ide interfaces being serviced by the hpt34x driver be in the same 'hwgroup'.
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Steps to Reproduce:
1.create md raid 5 device (I had 4 disks on highpoint controler)
2.create volume group and a logical volume
3.mkreiserfs and mount it
4.copy huge amount of data to new file system
System locked up hard, needing hardware reset button to clear.
adding ide2=serialize ide3=serialize ide4=serialize ide5=serialize helped.
switching to ext3 also helps. Lockups are now few and far between.
I think this is a 4k stacks/do_IRQ stack overflow symptom. I have a similar
setup, with 4 750GB Seagate SATA drives connected to NV ports on Asus A8N-SLI
Premium. Propriatary NVIDIA driver uninstalled. Been booting into runlevel 3,
logging on the console and turning off screenblanking (setterm -blank 0
-powersave off). I was able to see only "do_IRQ: stack overflow: " followed by
496 or 504 or other various similar numbers. No stack dump was displayed,
system locked hard and needed reset. Only occurred under high I/O load, caused
locally or via NFS.
I was originally using XFS and found xfs maintainers admit RAID5 + LVM + XFS
causes stack overflows (XFS uses too much stack space).
Switched to Reiserfs and it was better, but still happens occasionally at the
Hate to say it, but a self-compiled 2.6.20-rc6 with reiserfs has been rock solid
for a week and I've pounded the box hard on occasion (syncing homedirs with
Unison was my latest repeatable crash method).
I am seeing similar problems with 2.6.19-1.2911 running xen0. Systems with 3
and 4 drives fail when moving large amounts of data on and off of reiserfs.
Sometimes the system will reboot and sometimes hang. Here is a typical message:
h-xxxx.easyco.net login: do_IRQ: stack overflow: 480
(XEN) (file=x86_emulate.c, line=1152) Cannot emulate 57
(XEN) domain_crash_sync called from entry.S (ff1611d9)
(XEN) Domain 0 (vcpu#0) crashed on cpu#0:
(XEN) ----[ Xen-3.0.3-0-1.2911.fc6 x86_32p debug=n Not tainted ]----
(XEN) CPU: 0
(XEN) EIP: 0061:[<c061b83f>]
(XEN) EFLAGS: 00010296 CONTEXT: guest
(XEN) eax: e93e8008 ebx: ed749190 ecx: 0000007b edx: 00000000
(XEN) esi: c0684b54 edi: c061b83e ebp: 00000011 esp: e93e8000
(XEN) cr0: 8005003b cr4: 000006f0 cr3: 13633000 cr2: e93e7ffc
(XEN) ds: 007b es: 007b fs: 0000 gs: 0033 ss: 0069 cs: 0061
(XEN) Guest stack trace from esp=e93e8000:
(XEN) Stack empty.
(XEN) Domain 0 crashed: rebooting machine in 5 seconds.
(XEN) AMD SVM Extension is disabled.
The crash messages vary. When in XEN, this seems to be the most details.
Sometimes when not running XEN, I will get full stack dumps. Sometimes it loops
forever giving stack dumps. Sometimes it only display the stack overflow line.
Sometimes it displays nothing. This is from a serial console, so perhaps it is
too deep in the IRQ handler to keep the serial alive.
I have recompiled unchecking the 4K stacks, and this seems to help a lot.
Perhaps 4K stacks is a dangerous default.
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Per the previous comment in this bug, I am closing it as INSUFFICIENT_DATA,
since no information has been lodged for over 30 days.
Please re-open this bug or file a new one if you can provide the requested data,
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