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[Qemu-devel] Re: NBD server for QEMU images

From: Salvador Fandino
Subject: [Qemu-devel] Re: NBD server for QEMU images
Date: Wed, 13 Dec 2006 20:14:58 +0100
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Avi Kivity wrote:
> Martin Guy wrote:
>>> - write tons of data to nbd device, data ends up in pagecache
>>> - memory gets low, kswapd wakes up, calls nbd device to actually write
>>> the data
>>> - nbd issues a request, which ends up on the nbd server on the same
>>> machine
>>> - the nbd server allocates memory
>>> - memory allocation hangs waiting for kswapd
>> In other words, it can deadlock only if you are swapping to an nbd
>> device that is served by nbd-server running on the same machine and
>> kernel. 
> No.  It is possible if you issue non-O_SYNC writes.

I have run some tests and found that it's easy to cause a deadlock just
untaring a file over an nbd device being served from localhost (using
the standard nbd-server or my own, it doesn't matter).

Another interesting finding is that when the deadlock happens, qemu-nbds
is inside a read() call, waiting for new nbd requests to arrive over the
socket, and so, not trying to allocate memory or writing to disk.

BTW, I am using Debian unstable with kernel 2.6.18-1-686


 - Salva

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