Bug 236786 - dirty data is not flushed on a timely manner
dirty data is not flushed on a timely manner
Product: Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4
Classification: Red Hat
Component: kernel (Show other bugs)
All Linux
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Assigned To: Eric Sandeen
Martin Jenner
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Blocks: 241784
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Reported: 2007-04-17 13:12 EDT by Alex Lyashkov
Modified: 2010-10-22 10:24 EDT (History)
2 users (show)

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Fixed In Version: RHBA-2007-0791
Doc Type: Bug Fix
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Last Closed: 2007-11-15 11:25:13 EST
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correct nr_unused accounting (1.82 KB, patch)
2007-05-24 12:11 EDT, Bryn M. Reeves
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Description Alex Lyashkov 2007-04-17 13:12:59 EDT
I enountered situation where dirty data is not flused on a timely manner       
(i.e. never) with RHEL4 kernel, I did some in vestigations and it turned out
that inodes_stat.nr_unused grow uncontrollably and this presents kupdated to
flush any dirty data because nr_to_write it calculates as:

nr_to_write = wbs.nr_dirty + wbs.nr_unstable + (inodes_stat.nr_inodes -
became negative.

I have found this problem is already fixed in vanilla kernel, here is the
pointer to patch:


Can you please include this in your next kernel update?
Comment 2 RHEL Product and Program Management 2007-05-09 00:47:18 EDT
This request was evaluated by Red Hat Product Management for inclusion in a Red
Hat Enterprise Linux maintenance release.  Product Management has requested
further review of this request by Red Hat Engineering, for potential
inclusion in a Red Hat Enterprise Linux Update release for currently deployed
products.  This request is not yet committed for inclusion in an Update
Comment 4 Eric Sandeen 2007-05-23 12:33:04 EDT
Just for my own notes, the change in question is already in the RHEL5 kernel.
Comment 5 Bryn M. Reeves 2007-05-24 12:11:49 EDT
Created attachment 155360 [details]
correct nr_unused accounting
Comment 7 RHEL Product and Program Management 2007-05-25 11:42:06 EDT
This request was evaluated by Red Hat Kernel Team for inclusion in a Red
Hat Enterprise Linux maintenance release, and has moved to bugzilla 
status POST.
Comment 9 Jason Baron 2007-06-08 14:14:08 EDT
committed in stream U6 build 55.7. A test kernel with this patch is available
from http://people.redhat.com/~jbaron/rhel4/
Comment 12 errata-xmlrpc 2007-11-15 11:25:13 EST
An advisory has been issued which should help the problem
described in this bug report. This report is therefore being
closed with a resolution of ERRATA. For more information
on the solution and/or where to find the updated files,
please follow the link below. You may reopen this bug report
if the solution does not work for you.


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