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Date:	Fri, 30 Nov 2007 09:07:53 +0100
From:	Eric Dumazet <>
To:	Holger Hoffstaette <>
	Linux Netdev List <>
Subject: Re: Reproducible data corruption with sendfile+vsftp - splice regression?

Holger Hoffstaette a écrit :
> Hi -
> This regular Linux user and lkml lurker just noticed data corruption in
> ftp'ed files and narrowed it down to vsftpd using sendfile(). So far this
> has never caused problems in the past; I have not noticed this with
> 2.6.22.x but may have missed it. I do remember reading about some changes
> to the underlying splice stuff since .23 so that may have something to do
> with it.
> The scenario:
> - created a file with known bit pattern on Linux server
> - ftp-got this file to Windows client: file has bad crc (yes, binary)
> - verified with another client: same result
> I have thus far eliminated (to the best of my knowledge) NICs, switches,
> cables, the Windows FTP clients, the hard disk in the server (SATA, ext3):
> nothing suspicious in any logs. Box is an AMD Sempron 2600+ with 1.5 GB
> RAM, added rt8169 card, Gentoo, vsftpd stable 2.0.5 - nothing fancy.
> Transferring the file with samba (interestingly with sendfile enabled) and
> via ftp but from /dev/shm repeatably works fine; pulling from disk creates
> bad crc, every time. The file is readable and can be copied, verified etc.
> over and over so I'm sure that I'm not falling prey to a false positive.
> ifconfig indicates no dropped or otherwise corrupted packets.
> I noticed this first with 2.6.4-rc3, but also just tried the latest stable
> with the same config, with no change in behaviour. After setting
> vsftpd to use_sendfile=NO, gigs can be transferred without corruption.
> The data corruption is sporadic, but absolutely repeatable. The file with
> the known good pattern just contains multiple lines of:
> 012345678901234567890123456789012345678901234567890
> 012345678901234567890123456789012345678901234567890
> 012345678901234567890123456789012345678901234567890
> ..etc..
> A corrupted file is missing random characters, so that the corrupted lines
> looks like this (line numbers added by me):
> 19785: 012345678901234567890123456789012345678901234567890
> 19786: 01234567890123456789012345678901234567890123678901234567890
> 19787: 012345678901234567890123456789012345678901234567890
> or:
> 20074: 012345678901234567890123456789012345678901234567890
> 20075: 01234567890123456789012345678901234567890123012345678901234567890123456789012345678901234567890
> 20076: 012345678901234567890123456789012345678901234567890
> Again, other network or hd traffic shows no signs of gremlins; the box is
> perfectly stable, and turning sendfile on or off triggers/untriggers the
> corruption reliably.  I will try 2.6.22.x over the weekend, and before I
> bother lkml with dmesg/.config etc. I wanted to fish for initial thoughts.

CC to netdev, it might concern network guys

Could you try with a test file containing unique patterns ?

like a 80 MB file :

#include <stdio.h>
unsigned long ul;
for (ul = 0 ; ul < 10000000 ; ul++)
    printf("%8lu", ul);
return 0;

Thank you

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