Giving up on x buffers - losing files

Arjan van Leeuwen freebsd-current at
Mon Jun 28 10:36:26 PDT 2004

Hi Kalev,

On Mon, 28 Jun 2004 09:36:54 +0300, Kalev Lember <kalev at> wrote:
> 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.

I don't have any ext2 partitions, so I guess it's a different problem.


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