kernel: swap_pager: indefinite wait buffer - on 5.3-RELEASE-p5
olli at lurza.secnetix.de
Mon May 2 07:07:47 PDT 2005
Uwe Doering <gemini at geminix.org> wrote:
> Oliver Fromme wrote:
> > If they're really identical (i.e. the same size and same
> > geometry), then you can use dd(1) for duplication, like
> > this:
> > # dd if=/dev/ad0 of=/dev/ad1 bs=64k conv=noerror,sync
> > The "noerror,sync" part is important so the dd command will
> > not stop when it hits any bad spots on the source drive and
> > instead will fill the blocks with zeroes on the destination
> > drive. Since it's only the swap partition, you shouldn't
> > lose any data.
> I would like to point out that the conclusion you're drawing in the last
> sentence is invalid IMHO.
I'm afraid I don't agree.
> "indefinite wait buffer" messages at
> apparently random block numbers just indicate that the pager was unable
> to access the swap area (in its entirety!) when it wanted to. It means
> that the disk drive was either dead at that point in time or busy trying
> to deal with a bad sector.
> This sector could have been anywhere on the disk. It just kept the disk
> drive busy for long enough that the pager started to complain.
The OP specifically said that the swap_pager messages were
the only kernel messages that he got. That indicates that
only the swap partition is affected, because otherwise
there would have been other kernel messages indicating
I/O errors from one of the filesystems on that disk.
Oliver Fromme, secnetix GmbH & Co KG, Oettingenstr. 2, 80538 München
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