Bug 38108 - tp-logger is using (f)sync ? in a way that is no good in combination with btrfs
Summary: tp-logger is using (f)sync ? in a way that is no good in combination with btrfs
Alias: None
Product: Telepathy
Classification: Unclassified
Component: logger (show other bugs)
Version: unspecified
Hardware: Other All
: medium normal
Assignee: Telepathy bugs list
QA Contact: Telepathy bugs list
Depends on:
Reported: 2011-06-09 04:44 UTC by Fabian Deutsch
Modified: 2011-09-30 10:14 UTC (History)
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Description Fabian Deutsch 2011-06-09 04:44:56 UTC
If empathy is run on a system with the user's home on a btrfs partition,
tp-logger is using (f)sync (or whatever, I did not dig to deep into it), that
the system became unusable.
Comment 1 Nicolas Dufresne 2011-06-09 06:42:35 UTC
The logger calls those functions when a message is received or sent:


Those are standard libc function, fclose might be syncing file to disk which is a legitimate use. I strongly doubt that the logger is responsible for making btrfs unstable, but I would have a look at traces from the logger (could be debug traces using TPL_DEBUG=all, or straces showing abuse of sync system call) if you take the time to provide them. Also, mentioning logger version and step to reproduce is important in bug reports, please consider providing those for any further reports on any projects.
Comment 2 Nicolas Dufresne 2011-06-09 06:49:01 UTC
I should also have mentionned that there is some cache code using SQLite, which might do sync call, in which case you would have similar issues with projects like Evolution, Firefox, etc. But in this case, you would have better luck asking the SQlite dev, if it's not already reported.
Comment 3 Fabian Deutsch 2011-06-10 00:32:19 UTC
I am actually no expert on btrfs, I just noticed this behavior when migrating from ext3 to btrfs.
And you are correct: Firefox also suffered and became slower, but this got fixed/became better somehow.
Comment 4 Fabian Deutsch 2011-09-30 00:57:22 UTC
It seems as if this was fixed by btrfs/sqlite or youself? :) as this problem does not appear on F16 beta rc4 anymore. I hope closing is in your interest too :)
Comment 5 Nicolas Dufresne 2011-09-30 10:14:42 UTC
I swear I didn't change anything on my side ;) People from tracker uses a set of SQLite pragmas to mitigate this, if you experience this issue again, let me know, it's still possible to consider adding those pragmas.

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