inodes and soft update

Kris Kennaway kris at obsecurity.org
Thu Sep 22 10:59:44 PDT 2005


On Thu, Sep 22, 2005 at 11:45:18AM +0200, Peter Holm wrote:
> While trying to improve one of the tests from the kernel stress suite,
> I have run into a strange problem. The program tries to use 90% of the
> available inodes on a file system. This works fine where "soft update"
> is disabled. However, when enabled I seem to run out of some resource
> and the file system winds up corrupted (/tmp: unmount pending error:
> blocks 0 files -83).

I've seen that warning on dozens of machines including some running
5.3, but it seems to be harmless.

> http://people.freebsd.org/~pho/stress/log/inodes.html

It's great to have a test that provokes it though.

Kris
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