Ext3 filesystem goes read-only without the underlying storage reporting errors
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SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop 10 Support Pack 1
No errors are reported from the storage layer underlying the affected filesystem.
This issue is fixed as of SLE10 SP2. Refer to TID 7000387 - How to update to SLES/SLED 10 SP2 for details on the process of updating to SP2.
For systems which cannot be updated to SLE10 SP2 (e.g. systems running Open Enterprise Server 2 GA), this issue is fixed as of kernel version 126.96.36.199-0.2.8 which is available as an on-line update.
When a kernel update (as discussed above) is not an option, the problem can als be worked around by explicitly disabling barrier support for the affected filesystems, e.g. by specifying
Error handling code in the ext3 filesystem code is not properly handling the case where a device has stopped to accept barrier requests, which can happen with software RAID devices, LVM devices, device-mapper devices and with third party multipathing software like EMC PowerPath.
For background on I/O barriers, please refer to TID 3907838 -JBD error message "barrier-based sync failed".
Pre-service pack 1 installations can be affected by an issue with similar symptoms. That issue is covered in TID 3735930 - Filesystem goes read-only without the underlying storage reporting errors.
VMware guest installations can also be affected by an issue with similar symptoms. That issue is covered in TID 7005154 - Filesystem goes read-only in VMware.
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- Document ID:3605538
- Creation Date: 27-Feb-2008
- Modified Date:25-Mar-2021
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