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Re: Killing JFFS under 2.2

Hi David and Sébastien,

Hmmm... I haven't encountered this problem before.

I would prefer the solution with the mutex around the allocate and the

The latest patch where you mark space as dirty is more like a fast hack.
That way we don't solve the real reason to why it failed. And what if we
have a flash with a very large "hole"? (Due to many threads trying to
write at the same time.) Then one could loose a significant part of the
space on-flash which could prevent JFFS from doing a GC perhaps. There
are more things that could go wrong. As I see it, there are many more
pitfalls with this latter solution.

What do you say?


On Wed, 26 Jul 2000, David Woodhouse wrote:

> scote1@xxxxxxx.com said:
> >  Looking at your log, I'll have to agree with your GC affirmation.
> > After the 2 "Cool stuff's happening!", we should have a
> > jffs_garbage_collect_next(): "libncurses.so.4.2", ino:42, version: 25
> > Right where the problem happens!  Maybe we should take a look at
> > jffs_rewrite_data()
> I think it's a write of a new node which is getting interleaved with the GC.
> Something like:
> 	Thread 1 (GC)			Thread 2 (write)
> 	-------------			----------------
> 	allocate space for ino:42,v25
> 	write ino:42, v25
> 					allocate space for new 8K node
> 					lose CPU somehow
> 	allocate space for ino:42,v26
> 	write ino:42, v26
> 	... write lots more....
> 					... still waiting for CPU...
> 					... want to write new 8K node 
> 						which was alloc'd ...
> If I'm right, then I see two possible fixes - either stick a big mutex 
> around the (allocate,write) code, or have all node writes done sequentially 
> from a single kernel thread.
> --
> dwmw2