[lustre-discuss] MDS kernel taunt when accessing snapshot files

Martin Rehr rehr at science.ku.dk
Tue Oct 26 04:54:21 PDT 2021


We are running a lustre setup on top of ZFS.

Mounting a lustre snapshot on a client and thereafter running:
'lfs data_version -n SNAPSHOT_FILEPATH'

Makes the MDS server fail with a kernel taunt (dump_stack call) thrown from 'lustre/osd-zfs/osd_handler.c : osd_trans_create':
    if (dt->dd_rdonly) {
        CERROR("%s: someone try to start transaction under "
               "readonly mode, should be disabled.\n",

In the above (lfs dataversion) example we can prevent the kernel taunt by mounting the snapshot (client side) with 'noatime', but that doesn't help us if we try to run:
`lfs getstripe -d SNAPSHOT_FILEPATH'

We have traced the problem and found that it is the function calls 'mdt_open.c : mo_attr_set' and 'mdt_open.c : mo_xattr_set' that triggers the kernel taunt.

Our MDS crashed hard after running the above tests on millions of (snapshot) files simultaneously and we had to restore it from generic ZFS snapshots.

Is this a know issue ?

Best Regards,
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