On Mon, Oct 22, 2018 at 8:38 PM Al Viro <v...@zeniv.linux.org.uk> wrote:
> On Mon, Oct 22, 2018 at 03:19:12AM -0700, Metztli Information Technology 
> wrote:
> > I installed reiser4 -enhanced Linux kernel 4.17.19-1 --thus replacing the 
> > prior hung reiser4 -patched kernel 4.18.15-1 in the Google Compute Engine 
> > (GCE) cloud instance. After less than 24 hours the 4.17.19-1 hung in 
> > similar way to the 4.18.15-1.
> >
> > Please note that I had been running my custom Metztli Reiser4 Debian 
> > Stretch image with reiser4 linux 4.14.20-1 without issues for several months
> > < https://github.com/Metztli/reiser4-debian-kernel-packaging-4.14.20 >  
> > --until I decided to upgrade to newer kernel(s).
> Er...  Does anybody maintain reiser4 these days?  I can't recall a single mail
> along the lines of "such-and-such VFS/VM/scheduler/etc. change would break 
> reiser4"
> in quite a few years (more than a decade, most likely)...

Issue has been mostly resolved (Thanks to Mr. Edward Shishkin -- reiser4 
< https://sourceforge.net/projects/reiser4/ >

Specifically at:
< https://sourceforge.net/projects/reiser4/files/reiser4-for-linux-4.x/ >

*yet* digging deeper, hang issues in Reiser4/Zstd transparent compression were 
in large part due to a downstream change in the kernel configuration, i.e., 
Debian packaging for Linux kernel 4.14.xy, had this default setting in 

However, in Debian packaging for Linux kernel 4.15.xy, and up to current 
4.20.xy, default in
linux/debian/config/config was changed to:

*That* change was causing my Debian reiser4 stretch-backports for AMD64 kernel 
builds most of the issues that I described.

Specifically *this* setting (reprinted again below for emphasis):

in a reiser4-patched kernel Debian node hosting [a] type 2 hypervisor VirtualBox
directly caused a range of my VirtualBox 5.2.x to 6.0.x successful builds to 
*hang* their VMs during formatting/executing in reiser4 instances of 2TB root 
fs slices. Further, it caused corruption of VirtualBox previously built virtual 
machines which root fs was reiser4.

Modifying setting in downstream Debian Packaging for Linux kernel configuration 

in linux/debian/config/config , my subsequent kernel builds in my development 
environment fixed most of the issues that made me reach out for help:
% uname -a
Linux huitzilopochtli 4.20.0-1+reiser4.0.2-amd64 #1 SMP Debian 
4.20.4-1+reiser4.0.2 (2018-12-26) x86_64 GNU/Linux

Thank you, Al.

Best Professional Regards.

Jose R R
Download Metztli Reiser4: Debian Stretch w/ Linux 4.20 AMD64
feats ZSTD compression https://sf.net/projects/metztli-reiser4/
Official current Reiser4 resources: https://reiser4.wiki.kernel.org/

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