Giving up on x buffers - losing files

Kalev Lember kalev at
Sun Jun 27 23:37:22 PDT 2004

Arjan van Leeuwen wrote:

> <snip>
> Sometimes, particularly after doing a lot of file writes (i.e. 
> compiling a  lot of ports, building world and mergemastering, etc), I 
> get the 'Giving  up on x buffers' message on shutdown, and my 
> filesystems come up dirty  when I restart.
> <snip>
> So, why does this happen? And how do I prevent it from happening? 
> This  definitely does _not_ sound like something I want my servers to 
> do when  5.x goes -STABLE.

Not sure if it is related, but if I have ext2 mounted on shutdown, the 
syncer also fails and gives up on a few buffers. It is reproducable. I 
can recall it was fixed about a year ago, but then broke again.


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