/c: unmount pending error: blocks -68512 files 0

Chuck Swiger cswiger at mac.com
Fri Jan 27 16:50:18 PST 2006

Kris Kennaway wrote:
> /c: unmount pending error: blocks -68512 files 0   
> This warning has been popping up sporadically on my systems at reboot
> time since FreeBSD 5.3..what causes it?

Did you have any processes stuck in an uninterruptable condition when you
unmounted the filesystem?  The message is from:

> % find /usr/src/sys -name *.c -print0 | xargs -0 grep -n 'unmount pending error:'

        if (fs->fs_pendingblocks != 0 || fs->fs_pendinginodes != 0) {
                printf("%s: unmount pending error: blocks %jd files %d\n",
                    fs->fs_fsmnt, (intmax_t)fs->fs_pendingblocks,
                fs->fs_pendingblocks = 0;
                fs->fs_pendinginodes = 0;

A quick look there suggests that ffs_unmount() tries to call
softdep_flushfiles() or ffs_flushfiles().  Apparently, if those fail to flush
all pending data, the error message you've seen is generated.

The printf() statement should be using an unsigned int format string rather than
claiming a negative number of blocks is affected, or perhaps
fs->fs_pendingblocks ought to be an u_int64_t...?


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