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Date:	Tue, 16 Aug 2011 12:15:53 +0800
From:	Tao Ma <>
To:	Jiaying Zhang <>
CC:	Michael Tokarev <>,,, Jan Kara <>
Subject: Re: DIO process stuck apparently due to dioread_nolock (3.0)

Hi Jiaying,
On 08/16/2011 07:53 AM, Jiaying Zhang wrote:
> Hi Michael,
> On Mon, Aug 15, 2011 at 1:56 AM, Michael Tokarev <> wrote:
>> 15.08.2011 12:00, Michael Tokarev wrote:
>> [....]
>> So, it looks like this (starting with cold cache):
>> 1. rename the redologs and copy them over - this will
>>   make a hot copy of redologs
>> 2. startup oracle - it will complain that the redologs aren't
>>   redologs, the header is corrupt
>> 3. shut down oracle, start it up again - it will succeed.
>> If between 1 and 2 you'll issue sync(1) everything will work.
>> When shutting down, oracle calls fsync(), so that's like
>> sync(1) again.
>> If there will be some time between 1. and 2., everything
>> will work too.
>> Without dioread_nolock I can't trigger the problem no matter
>> how I tried.
>> A smaller test case.  I used redo1.odf file (one of the
>> redologs) as a test file, any will work.
>>  $ cp -p redo1.odf temp
>>  $ dd if=temp of=foo iflag=direct count=20
> Isn't this the expected behavior here? When doing
> 'cp -p redo1.odf temp', data is copied to temp through
> buffer write, but there is no guarantee when data will be
> actually written to disk. Then with 'dd if=temp of=foo
> iflag=direct count=20', data is read directly from disk.
> Very likely, the written data hasn't been flushed to disk
> yet so ext4 returns zero in this case.
Sorry, but it doesn't sound correct to me.
Say we use a buffer write to a file and then use direct i/o read, what
we expect(or at least Michael expect) is that we use read the updated
data, not the stale one. I thought of a tiny race window in ext4 here,
but need to do some test to verify and then fix it.

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