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Bug 506988 - grubby runs "forever" during kernel upgrades in systems with multiple disks
grubby runs "forever" during kernel upgrades in systems with multiple disks
Product: Fedora
Classification: Fedora
Component: mkinitrd (Show other bugs)
i686 Linux
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Assigned To: Peter Jones
Fedora Extras Quality Assurance
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Reported: 2009-06-19 12:56 EDT by Ken Chilton
Modified: 2009-12-18 04:34 EST (History)
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strace output of grubby (3.75 MB, text/plain)
2009-06-22 10:55 EDT, Ken Chilton
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Description Ken Chilton 2009-06-19 12:56:11 EDT
Description of problem:

I have a small torque cluster (8 nodes) using a shared pool of disks for application storage.  Each node also has a private disk for the OS, swap, etc.

The shared pool of storage consists of 15 Fiber Channel disks, each with 11 partitions (three primary, eight extended).  LVM (lvm2-cluster) is used to stripe the partitions to present 11 LVs.  Each node in the cluster has at least one LV marked as active, which it then mounts (via fstab).  However, each node has /dev entries for all of the physical devices and all of their partitions.

So, in /dev (and in the /sys structure) there are many (well over 100) partitions visible by each node in this system.

When upgrading the kernel recently, two parts of mkinitrd apparently hangs: nash and grubby.  However, after a recent upgrade of nash, it no longer hangs.  Grubby still hangs.  By hangs, I mean it runs for days, consuming near 100% of a CPU core.  As a result, kernel upgrades do not make the /etc/grub.conf changes, and other upgrades, such as with yum, do not occur.

I have performed an strace on the grubby process.  I see that grubby is walking through the partitions.  The sequence for each partition:
 a getdents, followed by a close
 an open to /sys/block/[the physical]/[the partition]/dev,
   a read(8:197\n),
   another read,
 a close,
 an access to the partition via /dev/[partition],
 an open of /proc/devices
  a read(Character devices:\n 1 mem\n 4 /d)
  another read
 a close,
 an open of /proc/misc
  a read(229 fuse\n 57 dlm_plock\n 58 dlm...)
  another read
 a close
 an open of /sys/block/[the physical]/[the partition]/slaves
   -- result is -1, no such file
 an open of /sys/block/[the physical]/[the partition]
  an fcntl64(F_GETFD)
  an fcntl64(F_SETFDmFD_CLOEXEC)
  a getdents
 an open of /sys/block/[the physical]/[the partition]/uevent/dev
   -- result is -1, not a directory
 an open of /sys/block/[the physical]/[the partition]/dev/dev
   -- result is -1, not a directory
 an open of /sys/block/[the physical]/[the partition]/subsystem/dev
   -- result is -1, no such file or directory
 an open of /sys/block/[the physical]/[the partition]/start/dev
   -- result is -1, not a directory
 an open of /sys/block/[the physical]/[the partition]/size/dev
   -- result is -1, not a directory
 an open of /sys/block/[the physical]/[the partition]/stat/dev
   -- result is -1, not a directory
 an open of /sys/block/[the physical]/[the partition]/power/dev
   -- result is -1, no such file or directory
 an open of /sys/block/[the physical]/[the partition]/holders/dev
   -- result is -1, no such file or directory
  a getdents
 a close

Each scan of the partition I have seen looks the same, but each partition takes longer to run this sequence than the one before.  The first few run this sequence in a few seconds.  By the time it gets to /dev/sdn, it takes several minutes.  Eventually, it stops making apparent forward progress.

If I remove lvm2-cluster and reboot, I can get the system to come up with only the local /dev/sda (and /dev/sda1, /dev/sda2).  Then I can install the kernel without a hitch, and the whole rpm/mkinitrd/nash/grubby completes very quickly and makes the appropriate /boot/grub/grub.conf entries.  However, if I re-install lvm2-cluster, reboot, and see the 100+ partitions in /dev again, I can no longer do a kernel upgrade.

A grubby command line which exhibits the problem was:
/sbin/grubby --add-kernel=/boot/vmlinuz- --initrd /boot/initrd- --copy-default --make-default --title Fedora ( --args=root=/dev/VolGroup00/LogVol00 --remove-kernel=TITLE=Fedora (

Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):

How reproducible:
Every time, on all eight nodes

Steps to Reproduce:
1. yum -y upgrade kernel
Actual results:
grubby runs for days consuming 100% of a CPU core

Expected results:
grubby should run quickly and modify the /boot/grub/grub.conf as appropriate

Additional info:
available on request
Comment 1 Ken Chilton 2009-06-22 10:55:10 EDT
Created attachment 348924 [details]
strace output of grubby

This is an strace of the grubby run.  It did eventually complete.
Comment 2 Ken Chilton 2009-06-22 10:56:22 EDT
I have attached an strace of a grubby run that finally completed after several days.
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