apparent lock contention

bn at bn at
Wed Jan 21 11:17:05 PST 2004

Under moderate levels of I/O and light processing load, I
experience what appears to be severe contention on Giant
with several processes at a time holding in state "*Giant*"
for several seconds each.

The problem was initiated by a umount operation on a UFS fs
which completed successfully after about ten minutes of

This is a SMP system running 5.2-R.

Can anyone tell me how I might better diagnose what is going


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