On Sun, 18 Feb 2007 19:28:18 +0100 Miklos Szeredi <miklos@xxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
I was testing the new fuse shared writable mmap support, and finding
that bash-shared-mapping deadlocks (which isn't so strange ;). What
is more strange is that this is not an OOM situation at all, with
plenty of free and cached pages.
A little more investigation shows that a similar deadlock happens
reliably with bash-shared-mapping on a loopback mount, even if only
half the total memory is used.
The cause is slightly different in the two cases:
- loopback mount: allocation by the underlying filesystem is stalled
- fuse-loop: page dirtying on the underlying filesystem is stalled on
In both cases the underlying fs is totally innocent, with no
dirty/writback pages, yet it's waiting for the global dirty+writeback
to go below the threshold, which obviously won't, until the
I'm not quite sure what the solution is, and asking for thoughts.
But.... these things don't just throttle. They also perform large amounts
of writeback, which causes the dirty levels to subside.
From your description it appears that this writeback isn't happening, orisn't working. How come?