[Gluster-devel] Problems with ec/nfs.t in regression tests

Xavier Hernandez xhernandez at datalab.es
Thu Feb 12 14:45:53 UTC 2015

I've made some more investigation and the problem seems worse.

It seems that NFS sends a huge amount of requests without waiting for 
answers (I've had more than 1400 requests ongoing). Probably there will 
be many factors that can influence on the load that this causes, and one 
of them could be ec, but it's not related exclusively to ec. I've 
repeated the test using a replica 3 and a replica 2 volumes and the 
problem still happens.

The test basically writes a file to an NFS mount using 'dd'. The file 
has a size of 1GB. With a smaller file, the test passes successfully.

One important thing to note is that I'm not using powerful servers (a 
dual core Intel Atom), but this problem shouldn't happen anyway. It can 
even happen on more powerful servers if they are busy doing other things 
(maybe this is what's happening on jenkins' slaves).

I think that this causes some NFS requests to timeout. This can be seen 
in /var/log/messages (there are many of these messages):

Feb 12 15:18:45 celler01 kernel: nfs: server gf01.datalab.es not 
responding, timed out

nfs log also has many errors:

[2015-02-12 14:18:45.132905] E [rpcsvc.c:1257:rpcsvc_submit_generic] 
0-rpc-service: failed to submit message (XID: 0x7be78dbe, Program: NFS3, 
ProgVers: 3, Proc: 7) to rpc
-transport (socket.nfs-server)
[2015-02-12 14:18:45.133009] E [nfs3.c:565:nfs3svc_submit_reply] 
0-nfs-nfsv3: Reply submission failed

Additionally this causes disconnections from NFS that are not correctly 
handled causing that a thread gets stuck in an infinite loop (I haven't 
analyzed this problem deeply, but it seems like an attempt to use an 
already disconnected socket). After a while, I get this error on the nfs 

[2015-02-12 14:20:19.545429] C 
[rpc-clnt-ping.c:109:rpc_clnt_ping_timer_expired] 0-patchy-client-0: 
server has not responded in the last 42 seconds, 

The console executing the test shows this (nfs.t is creating a replica 3 
instead of a dispersed volume):

# ./run-tests.sh tests/basic/ec/nfs.t

... GlusterFS Test Framework ...

Running tests in file ./tests/basic/ec/nfs.t
[14:12:52] ./tests/basic/ec/nfs.t .. 8/10 dd: error writing 
‘/mnt/nfs/0/test’: Input/output error
[14:12:52] ./tests/basic/ec/nfs.t .. 9/10
not ok 9
[14:12:52] ./tests/basic/ec/nfs.t .. Failed 1/10 subtests

Test Summary Report
./tests/basic/ec/nfs.t (Wstat: 0 Tests: 10 Failed: 1)
   Failed test:  9
Files=1, Tests=10, 889 wallclock secs ( 0.13 usr  0.02 sys +  1.29 cusr 
  3.45 csys =  4.89 CPU)
Result: FAIL
Failed tests  ./tests/basic/ec/nfs.t

Note that the test takes almost 15 minutes to complete.

Is there any way to limit the number of requests NFS sends without 
having an answer ?


On 02/11/2015 04:20 PM, Shyam wrote:
> On 02/11/2015 09:40 AM, Xavier Hernandez wrote:
>> Hi,
>> it seems that there are some failures in ec/nfs.t test on regression
>> tests. Doing some investigation I've found that before applying the
>> multi-threaded patch (commit 5e25569e) the problem does not seem to
>> happen.
> This has in interesting history in failures, on the regression runs for
> the MT epoll this (i.e ec/nfs.t) did not fail (there were others, but
> not nfs.t).
> The patch that allows configuration of MT epoll is where this started
> failing around Feb 5th (but later passed). (see patchset 7 failures on,
> http://review.gluster.org/#/c/9488/ )
> I state the above, as it may help narrowing down the changes in EC
> (maybe) that could have caused it.
> Also in the latter commit, there was an error configuring the number of
> threads so all regression runs would have run with a single epoll thread
> (the MT epoll patch had this hard coded, so that would have run with 2
> threads, but did not show up the issue (patch:
> http://review.gluster.org/#/c/3842/)).
> Again I state the above, as this should not be exposing a
> race/bug/problem due to the multi threaded nature of epoll, but of
> course needs investigation.
>> I'm not sure if this patch is the cause or it has revealed some bug in
>> ec or any other xlator.
> I guess we can reproduce this issue? If so I would try setting
> client.event-threads on master branch to 1, restarting the volume and
> then running the test (as a part of the test itself maybe) to eliminate
> the possibility that MT epoll is causing it.
> My belief on MT epoll causing it is in doubt as the runs failed on the
> http://review.gluster.org/#/c/9488/ (configuration patch), which had the
> thread count as 1 due to a bug in that code.
>> I can try to identify it (any help will be appreciated), but it may take
>> some time. Would it be better to remove the test in the meantime ?
> I am checking if this is reproducible on my machine, so that I can
> possibly see what is going wrong.
> Shyam
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