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Bug 236786 - dirty data is not flushed on a timely manner
Summary: dirty data is not flushed on a timely manner
Alias: None
Product: Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4
Classification: Red Hat
Component: kernel
Version: 4.4
Hardware: All
OS: Linux
Target Milestone: ---
: ---
Assignee: Eric Sandeen
QA Contact: Martin Jenner
Depends On:
Blocks: 241784
TreeView+ depends on / blocked
Reported: 2007-04-17 17:12 UTC by Alex Lyashkov
Modified: 2018-10-19 23:36 UTC (History)
2 users (show)

Fixed In Version: RHBA-2007-0791
Doc Type: Bug Fix
Doc Text:
Clone Of:
Last Closed: 2007-11-15 16:25:13 UTC
Target Upstream Version:

Attachments (Terms of Use)
correct nr_unused accounting (deleted)
2007-05-24 16:11 UTC, Bryn M. Reeves
no flags Details | Diff

System ID Priority Status Summary Last Updated
Red Hat Product Errata RHBA-2007:0791 normal SHIPPED_LIVE Updated kernel packages available for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4 Update 6 2007-11-14 18:25:55 UTC

Description Alex Lyashkov 2007-04-17 17:12:59 UTC
I enountered situation where dirty data is not flused on a timely manner       
(i.e. never) with RHEL4 kernel, I did some in vestigations and it turned out
that inodes_stat.nr_unused grow uncontrollably and this presents kupdated to
flush any dirty data because nr_to_write it calculates as:

nr_to_write = wbs.nr_dirty + wbs.nr_unstable + (inodes_stat.nr_inodes -
became negative.

I have found this problem is already fixed in vanilla kernel, here is the
pointer to patch:;a=commitdiff;h=7f04c26d715a2467a49a2384268de8f70f787b51;hp=52303e8b5f8aa234865d40d76ea16b0ff4b27022

Can you please include this in your next kernel update?

Comment 2 RHEL Product and Program Management 2007-05-09 04:47:18 UTC
This request was evaluated by Red Hat Product Management for inclusion in a Red
Hat Enterprise Linux maintenance release.  Product Management has requested
further review of this request by Red Hat Engineering, for potential
inclusion in a Red Hat Enterprise Linux Update release for currently deployed
products.  This request is not yet committed for inclusion in an Update

Comment 4 Eric Sandeen 2007-05-23 16:33:04 UTC
Just for my own notes, the change in question is already in the RHEL5 kernel.

Comment 5 Bryn M. Reeves 2007-05-24 16:11:49 UTC
Created attachment 155360 [details]
correct nr_unused accounting

Comment 7 RHEL Product and Program Management 2007-05-25 15:42:06 UTC
This request was evaluated by Red Hat Kernel Team for inclusion in a Red
Hat Enterprise Linux maintenance release, and has moved to bugzilla 
status POST.

Comment 9 Jason Baron 2007-06-08 18:14:08 UTC
committed in stream U6 build 55.7. A test kernel with this patch is available

Comment 12 errata-xmlrpc 2007-11-15 16:25:13 UTC
An advisory has been issued which should help the problem
described in this bug report. This report is therefore being
closed with a resolution of ERRATA. For more information
on the solution and/or where to find the updated files,
please follow the link below. You may reopen this bug report
if the solution does not work for you.

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