> I have been trying to backup xfs partitions using amanda, and there seems
> to be a problem with xfsdump. Amanda suprisingly recognized xfsdump and
> seems to tried to do the backup correctly. On the other hand, whenever we
> attempted to backup the machine would belly-up hard.
> The problem is vexing, because sometimes it will fail consistently and
> quickly, yet other times it seems to take all day to fail. I am doing to
> following to replicate the amanda backup:
> ssh xfs_machine -l root "/usr/sbin/xfsdump -F -l 0 - /dev/sda1" | gzip -6
> - > file.gz
> At the same time the xfs_machine is serving up a partition nfs and the
> partition is being read and written, by two independant news spools.
> Doing a usenet news spool over nfs onto xfs, may not be the best
> performance-wise, but I think most may agree that a news server can hit
> disks pretty hard when it comes to file ops.
> After xfsdump caused the machine to fail, got the following error message
> on the console:
> xfs_iget_core: ambiguous vns: vp/0xc3a543c8 invp/0xcf89d948
> Unable to handle kernel NULL pointer dereference at virtual address
> printing eip:
> Entering kdb (current=0xc96dc00, pid 803) on processor 1
> Oops: Oops
> due to oops @ 0xd08490bf ...
> The process listing showed that xfs was pid 803.
Hmm, the xfs process is the x font server, nothing directly to do with
xfs itself. However, obviously xfs is at the back of your problem. Can
you provide a backtrace from kdb after it drops into the debugger,
just type bt at this point. I really want to see the rest of the stack
When the folks in Australia who have been doing dump restore on xfs linux
get in, perhaps they can look into testing with amanda, I suspect hitting
your problem is going to take a little work internally though.
> I have been unable to reliable recreate the failure. Sometimes it fails,
> and some times it does not. (It does seem to fail more reliably in the
> morning :) ) I am backing up about 2G of files produced by the news
> servers. Any ideas?
> The machine is a Dual 500 MHz PIII, and the filesystems run on top of the
> 3ware IDE raid card with 4 46G disks running in RAID level 5. (138G
> filesystem available...) The XFS is the 2.4.3 version from April 5th.
> Justin Leonard Tripp justin@xxxxxxxxxx
> Configurable Computing Laboratory Research Assistant CB 461 x8-7206
> Electrical and Computer Engineering Department Brigham Young University