Bug 49106 - "ext3_write_inode: inside transaction!" errors while running cerberus
Summary: "ext3_write_inode: inside transaction!" errors while running cerberus
Alias: None
Product: Red Hat Linux
Classification: Retired
Component: kernel
Version: 7.3
Hardware: i386
OS: Linux
Target Milestone: ---
Assignee: Stephen Tweedie
QA Contact: Brock Organ
Depends On:
TreeView+ depends on / blocked
Reported: 2001-07-13 19:13 UTC by Clay Cooper
Modified: 2007-04-18 16:34 UTC (History)
3 users (show)

Clone Of:
Last Closed: 2001-07-18 08:35:12 UTC

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Description Clay Cooper 2001-07-13 19:13:59 UTC
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Description of problem:
While running stress-kernel-0.9-19.i386.rpm on fairfax beta 1, console
reports "ext3_write_inode: inside transaction!" continually.  Interspersed
among these messages is another stating: "journal_commit_transaction:
odd-- more buffers."

This behaviour was observed on a 6400 w/ beta1, perc3dc raid 1 container,
5GB ram, ENTERPRISE kernel, 2GB swap, and bios A08.  Errors appeared after
two hours of cerberus.

I've also seen the "ext3" error occur twice over a 4 day period on a 2500
w/ beta1, perc3dc raid 5 container, SMP kernel, 128MB ram, 2GB swap, bios A04.

Error has not appeared on a 1550 w/ beta1, running UP kernel, perc3dc raid
0 container, 512MB ram, 2GB swap, bios A02 after 2 days of cerberus.

In summary, error occurs numerous times with enterprise kernel, a couple of
times with smp kernel, and not at all with up kernel.

How reproducible:
Didn't try, but observed on more than one platform.

Steps to Reproduce:
1.Set up stated configuration, or possibly others.
2.Install and begin stress-kernel-0.9-19.i386.rpm
3.Appears will appear at console.

Actual Results:  Stated errors at console

Expected Results:  No errors

Additional info:

Comment 1 Glen Foster 2001-07-13 22:06:36 UTC
This defect considered MUST-FIX for Fairfax gold-release.

Comment 2 Stephen Tweedie 2001-07-18 10:28:55 UTC
Those are simply debugging messages which escaped into the wild.  They are all
harmless and are removed in current versions of ext3.  The next beta kernel will
have them all removed.

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