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Date:   Mon, 8 Jul 2019 19:19:54 +0100
From:   Anton Ivanov <anton.ivanov@...bridgegreys.com>
To:     Linux Kernel Mailing List <linux-kernel@...r.kernel.org>
Subject: NFS Caching broken in 4.19.37

Hi list,

NFS caching appears broken in 4.19.37.

The more cores/threads the easier to reproduce. Tested with identical 
results on Ryzen 1600 and 1600X.

1. Mount an openwrt build tree over NFS v4
2. Run make -j `cat /proc/cpuinfo | grep vendor | wc -l` ; make clean in 
a loop
3. Result after 3-4 iterations:

State on the client

ls -laF 
/var/autofs/local/src/openwrt/build_dir/target-mips_24kc_musl/linux-ar71xx_tiny/linux-4.14.125/arch/mips/include/generated/uapi/asm

total 8
drwxr-xr-x 2 anivanov anivanov 4096 Jul  8 11:40 ./
drwxr-xr-x 3 anivanov anivanov 4096 Jul  8 11:40 ../

State as seen on the server (mounted via nfs from localhost):

ls -laF 
/var/autofs/local/src/openwrt/build_dir/target-mips_24kc_musl/linux-ar71xx_tiny/linux-4.14.125/arch/mips/include/generated/uapi/asm
total 12
drwxr-xr-x 2 anivanov anivanov 4096 Jul  8 11:40 ./
drwxr-xr-x 3 anivanov anivanov 4096 Jul  8 11:40 ../
-rw-r--r-- 1 anivanov anivanov   32 Jul  8 11:40 ipcbuf.h

Actual state on the filesystem:

ls -laF 
/exports/work/src/openwrt/build_dir/target-mips_24kc_musl/linux-ar71xx_tiny/linux-4.14.125/arch/mips/include/generated/uapi/asm
total 12
drwxr-xr-x 2 anivanov anivanov 4096 Jul  8 11:40 ./
drwxr-xr-x 3 anivanov anivanov 4096 Jul  8 11:40 ../
-rw-r--r-- 1 anivanov anivanov   32 Jul  8 11:40 ipcbuf.h

So the client has quite clearly lost the plot. Telling it to drop caches 
and re-reading the directory shows the file present.

It is possible to reproduce this using a linux kernel tree too, just 
takes much more iterations - 10+ at least.

Both client and server run 4.19.37 from Debian buster. This is filed as 
debian bug 931500. I originally thought it to be autofs related, but 
IMHO it is actually something fundamentally broken in nfs caching 
resulting in cache corruption.

-- 
Anton R. Ivanov
Cambridgegreys Limited. Registered in England. Company Number 10273661
https://www.cambridgegreys.com/

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