Created attachment 517422 [details]
The crash log, sent via syslog to the client machine
Description of problem:
After upgrading to 2.6.40-4.fc15.x86_64 I started experiencing crashes on my home server (named mimmi). After some investigation, I believe it is triggered by activity on a system which is an NFS client (named freddi) of this server. It doesn't happen with just any activity, but e.g. logging in in a new session seems to trigger the problem reliably.
The kernel writes a message staring with "kernel BUG at fs/jbd2/transaction.c" when this happens. By setting up remote syslog:ging to the client, I could capture the dump and attach it to this report. Shortly after this message from the server, the client starts to complain with the traditional "nfs: server mimmi not responding, still trying" in the log.
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The machine isn't completely dead after the crash. If I was logged in to a virtual console before, I can run some commands. And it is possible to switch between different virtual consoles, unless I go to one where there is an X session. After that I'm stuck. And trying to log in to a new virtual console also hangs.
I SUSPECT it is when I try to run something which uses file locking the crash happens. Starting firefox or emacs' movemail on the client seems to trigger it, for example. But I don't know of any command that ONLY does locking, so it this is just a suspicion. (I could of course write a simple little program that does that, if it would help you.)
The client mounts the NFS file systems using the vers=3 option. This is a workaround for a different issue. (For some reason one user id, my own, gets mapped to nfsnobody when using NFSv4. It affects no other users. I will investigate that further when I get a chance. For the mean time, I'm using NFSv3 as a workaround.)
Booting the server with an earlier kernel, 188.8.131.52-32.fc15.x86_64, doesn't trigger the problem. So I do have a short-time workaround.
*** This bug has been marked as a duplicate of bug 729779 ***