Bug 362241 - nfs cache not updated when symlinks change (non reproduceable)
nfs cache not updated when symlinks change (non reproduceable)
Status: CLOSED DUPLICATE of bug 327591
Product: Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4
Classification: Red Hat
Component: kernel (Show other bugs)
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Assigned To: Jeff Layton
Martin Jenner
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Reported: 2007-11-01 13:40 EDT by Jeff Schroeder
Modified: 2014-06-18 03:36 EDT (History)
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Description Jeff Schroeder 2007-11-01 13:40:20 EDT
This is a followup on my comments from

Here is the basic workflow... system A and system B read the symlink that is
changed on system C. Everything is mounting a /vol/sharename on filer 1. From
system C, it is moved aside to ${name}.old and recreated pointing to a new
configuration file. Sometimes, system A or system B doesn't recognize anything
has changed. This might happen on 4 out of 50 systems.

Relevant version info:
# rpm -qa nfs*; uname -r

# echo 32767 > /proc/sys/sunrpc/nfs_debug; stat /ptx/SYS/conf/software.conf >
stat.txt; echo 0 > /proc/sys/sunrpc/nfs_debug; dmesg -c > dmesg.txt


# cat stat.txt; echo ------------------------------; cat dmesg.txt
  File: `/ptx/SYS/conf/software.conf' ->
  Size: 56              Blocks: 0          IO Block: 32768  symbolic link
Device: 1fh/31d Inode: 3115833     Links: 1
Access: (0777/lrwxrwxrwx)  Uid: (  500/     ptx)   Gid: (  500/     ptx)
Access: 2007-10-30 07:46:26.302902000 -0700
Modify: 2007-08-01 23:20:45.743523000 -0700
Change: 2007-10-16 22:48:11.198072000 -0700
NFS call  access
NFS: nfs_update_inode(0:1f/104 ct=1 info=0x6)
NFS reply access, status = 0
NFS: revalidating (0:1f/2670994)
NFS call  getattr
NFS reply getattr
NFS: nfs_update_inode(0:1f/2670994 ct=1 info=0x6)
NFS: (0:1f/2670994) revalidation complete
NFS call  access
NFS reply access, status = 0
NFS: revalidating (0:1f/3115833)
NFS call  getattr
NFS reply getattr
NFS: nfs_update_inode(0:1f/3115833 ct=2 info=0x6)
NFS: (0:1f/3115833) revalidation complete
NFS: dentry_delete(conf/software.conf, 8)
NFS: dentry_delete(conf/software.conf, 8)

The symlink should be pointing to:
/software/scripts/conf/Persephone/software.conf-shoulao-1.0. mount -o,remount
/nfs/share is a quick hack to refresh the nfs cache and clear out the problem.

We haven't found a way to reliably reproduce this bug.
Comment 1 Jeff Layton 2007-11-02 07:17:21 EDT
Jeff, I actually don't think we need a separate bug for this issue. I think this
is actually a duplicate of bug 327591. My request to open a new bug was for the
problem described in this patch description:


That's a reproducible problem (apparently) and I'm not certain that it's related
to bug 327591.

I'll open a new bug for that and CC you on it.
Comment 2 Jeff Layton 2007-11-02 14:02:09 EDT
I've opened bug 364361 to track the stale readdir cache testcase and patch from
comment #1 here. I'm going to close this as a dupe of bug 327591 for now. If it
turns out that this problem is different from the one originally reported there,
we can reopen this bug.

*** This bug has been marked as a duplicate of 327591 ***

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