Sta­bil­iz­ing 7-​stable…

The 7-stable system on which I have stability problems after an update from 7.1 to 7.2/7-stable is now semi-stable.

The watchdog reboots after one minute of no reaction (currently it is able to run 3-4 hours), and the jails come up without problems now.

The problem with the jails was, that e.g. the mysql-server startup went into the STOP state because TTY-input was "requested". I solved the problem by using /dev/null as input on jail-startup. On -current I do not see this behavior (I have a 9-current system with a lot of jails which reboots every X days, and there mysql does not go into the STOP state).

I also start the jails in the background, so that one blocking jail does not block everything (done like in -current).

To say this with code:

--- /usr/src/etc/rc.d/jail      2009-02-07 15:04:35.000000000 +0100
+++ /etc/rc.d/jail      2009-12-16 17:03:12.000000000 +0100
@@ -556,7 +556,8 @@
 fi
 _tmp_jail=${_tmp_dir}/jail.$$
 eval ${_setfib} jail ${_flags} -i ${_rootdir} ${_hostname} \
-                       \\"${_addrl}\\" ${_exec_start} > ${_tmp_jail} 2>&1
+                       \\"${_addrl}\\" ${_exec_start} > ${_tmp_jail} 2>&1 \\
+                       </dev/null

if [ "$?" -eq 0 ] ; then _jail_id=$(head -1 ${_tmp_jail}) @@ -623,4 +624,4 @@ if [ -n "$*" ]; then jail_list="$*" fi -run_rc_command "${cmd}" +run_rc_command "${cmd}" &

I also identified 57 patches for ZFS which are in 8-stable, but not in 7-stable (I do not think they could solve the deadlock, but I do not really know, and now that there is one FS on ZFS, I would like to get as much fixed as possible). Some of them should be merged, some would be nice to merge, and some I do not care much about (but if they are easy to merge, why not...). I already have all revisions and the corresponding commit logs available in an email-draft.

Now I just need to write a little bit of text and find some people willing to help (some of the changes need a review if they are applicable to 7-stable, and everything should be tested on a scratch-box).

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