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Date:   Mon, 11 Mar 2019 23:07:36 -0700 (PDT)
From:   Christian Kujau <>
To:     David Howells <>
        Anna Schumaker <>,
        Steve Dickson <>
Subject: Re: FS-Cache: Duplicate cookie detected

On Mon, 11 Mar 2019, David Howells wrote:
> I've a couple more patches for you - one a bugfix and one that will print more
> information.  They don't actually affect the problem you're seeing.  I'll post
> them as replies to this message.

Thanks for the patches. I've applied all three to v5.0 and ran 
"nfstest_cache" and was able to reproduce the messages. Please note that 
I'm only running "nfstest_cache" because it's somehow able to reproduce 
the message reliably - otherwise the message just shows up once or twice 
in syslog, but I didn't know how to reproduce it.

But I noticed something else this time, and I did not notice that before: 
while running nfstest_cache, the "duplicate cookie" messages were only 
triggered when my other, non-test mount was also mounted during the test. 
Let me describe my F29 test VM again:

* VM boots, and /usr/local/src gets mounted via NFS, read-only, and
  with w/o fsc options. cachefilesd isn't even installed here.

* I run nfstest_cache and apparently it's mounting the same NFS export
  from the server to /mnt/t, as a readonly mount.

So two mounts, one in /usr/local/src, the other in /mnt/t, both readonly 
and both w/o "fsc", but the "duplicate cookie" message is only printed 
when /usr/local/src was mounted. If /usr/local/src wasn't mounted, the 
test would complete[0] and no "duplicate message was printed. And then I 

$ mount | tail -2 | fold
horus:/usr/local/src on /usr/local/src type nfs4 

horus:/ on /mnt/t type nfs4 

My /usr/local/src mount was mounted with vers=4.2 (default), while 
nfstest_cache was mounting its test-mount with vers=4.1! Apart from the 
different rsize/wsize values, the version number stood out. And indeed, 
when I mount my regular NFS mount /usr/local/src with vers=4.1, the 
"duplicate cookie" is no longer printed.

For simplicity, I've attached two logs to this email:

* nfs_no-mount.txt.xz - showing /proc/fs/nfsfs/volumes and
  /proc/fs/fscache/stats every 0.01 seconds, while running nfstest_cache
  in another terminal. Note that no duplicate "cookie messages" were 
  triggered, as /usr/local/src was not mounted.

* nfs_with-mount.txt.xz - same, but here /usr/local/src was mounted (and 
  defaulted to vers=4.2), and thus "duplicate cookie" messages were 

I fear that all this may complicate this strange behaviour, and now we're 
examining NFS mount versions, but I only noticed that now, not earlier :-\

I can't comment on the patches much, as you mentioned they won't make the 
message go away, but I hope it printed more details now.


[0] Again, I'm using nfstest_cache only to trigger the message. Everytime
    I execute it, the test fails, because I think it expects a rw-mount:

 $ nfstest_cache --server horus --client fedora0 --runtest=acregmin_attr
 *** Verify consistency of attribute caching with NFSv4.1 on a file 
 acregmin = 10
     TEST: Running test 'acregmin_attr'
     FAIL: Traceback (most recent call last):
            File "/usr/bin/nfstest_cache", line 199, in do_file_test
              fdw = open(self.absfile, "w")
            IOError: [Errno 30] Read-only file system: 
    TIME: 4.497078s
 1 tests (0 passed, 1 failed)
 Total time: 5.529826s

BOFH excuse #209:

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