CONFIG_[NFS|AFS]_FSCACHE needs to be turned on

Bug #728977 reported by Andreas Heinlein on 2011-03-04
This bug affects 2 people
Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
linux (Ubuntu)

Bug Description

Binary package hint: cachefilesd

The package cachefilesd is contained in lucid. However, while the official lucid kernel has CONFIG_FSCACHE on, CONFIG_NFS_FSCACHE and CONFIG_AFS_FSCACHE are off, meaning these filesystems do not have fscache support. So, cachefilesd runs, but does nothing, which is not very obvious.

If possible, future lucid kernels should have these options on. If this is not possible, cachefilesd in lucid should at least give a warning during installation that a newer kernel (linux-image-generic-lts-backport-maverick has at least CONFIG_NFS_FSCACHE on) or a custom kernel is needed.

Morten Kallesøe (kal) wrote :

Yes, i think that would be a wonderfull idea.

Specially because the system does not complain in any way, it just dosnt cache- just spend a few hours on this.
the nfs share was mounted with -o fsc, but that made no difference or error.

Launchpad Janitor (janitor) wrote :

Status changed to 'Confirmed' because the bug affects multiple users.

Changed in cachefilesd (Ubuntu):
status: New → Confirmed
tags: added: precise
tags: added: kernel-bug quantal
Pierre Carrier (pcarrier) wrote :

CONFIG_CIFS_FSCACHE still missing in precise.

affects: cachefilesd (Ubuntu) → linux (Ubuntu)
Changed in linux (Ubuntu):
importance: Undecided → Medium
status: Confirmed → Triaged

For the Quantal 12.10 kernel, it appears that the following are already enabled:

~/ubuntu-quantal/debian.master/config$ grep -rn "CONFIG_NFS_FSCACHE" *

~/ubuntu-quantal/debian.master/config$ grep -rn "CONFIG_CIFS_FSCACHE" *

However, CONFIG_AFS_FSCACHE still appears to be disabled at the moment:

~/ubuntu-quantal/debian.master/config$ grep -rn "CONFIG_AFS_FSCACHE" *
config.common.ubuntu:158:# CONFIG_AFS_FSCACHE is not set

Examining CONFIG_AFS_FSCACHE further, it appears it is marked as EXPERIMENTAL. ie:

~/ubuntu-quantal$ grep -A7 "config AFS_FSCACHE" fs/afs/Kconfig config AFS_FSCACHE
 bool "Provide AFS client caching support (EXPERIMENTAL)"
 depends on EXPERIMENTAL
 depends on AFS_FS=m && FSCACHE || AFS_FS=y && FSCACHE=y
   Say Y here if you want AFS data to be cached locally on disk through
   the generic filesystem cache manager

Our default configuration policy is to disable EXPERIMENTAL options until there has been a specific request to enable them and the requested option would result in minimal risk of regression/negative impact. I've subsequently applied the attached patch which enables CONFIG_AFS_FSCACHE=y to the Quantal kernel repo. Thanks.

Changed in linux (Ubuntu):
status: Triaged → Fix Committed
Pierre Carrier (pcarrier) wrote :

I haven't run any benchmarks yet, but use resources from a CIFS server across the Internet, sometimes through a VPNish solution like sshuttle.

I have little doubts that the performance improvement could be quite significant for certain loads, and the risk for a mount point without the "fsc" mount option seems very low (looking at CIFS_MOUNT_FSCACHE in Ubuntu-3.2.0-29.46).

So great to hear that we'll get this option in Quantal.
Any chance it could also be considered for a latter upgrade of precise?

tags: added: patch
Launchpad Janitor (janitor) wrote :

This bug was fixed in the package linux - 3.5.0-10.10

linux (3.5.0-10.10) quantal-proposed; urgency=low

  [ Andy Whitcroft ]

  * rebase to v3.5.1

  [ Leann Ogasawara ]

  * [Config] Enable CONFIG_AFS_FSCACHE=y
    - LP: #728977

  [ Tim Gardner ]

  * SAUCE: firmware: Remove emi62 files duplicated in linux-firmware
  * SAUCE: firmware: Remove tehuti files duplicated in linux-firmware

  [ Upstream Kernel Changes ]

  * overlayfs: copy up i_uid/i_gid from the underlying inode
    - LP: #944386
  * hwmon: (applesmc) Shorten minimum wait time
    - LP: #1034449
  * hwmon: (applesmc) Decode and act on read/write status codes
    - LP: #1034449

  [ Upstream Kernel Changes ]

  * rebase to v3.5.1
    - LP: #1026953
    - LP: #1025377
 -- Leann Ogasawara <email address hidden> Sun, 12 Aug 2012 13:16:43 -0700

Changed in linux (Ubuntu):
status: Fix Committed → Fix Released

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