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1 2 Fault Injection 3 =============== 4 Fault injection is a method for forcing errors that may not normally occur, or 5 may be difficult to reproduce. Forcing these errors in a controlled environment 6 can help the developer find and fix bugs before their code is shipped in a 7 production system. Injecting an error on the Linux NFS server will allow us to 8 observe how the client reacts and if it manages to recover its state correctly. 9 10 NFSD_FAULT_INJECTION must be selected when configuring the kernel to use this 11 feature. 12 13 14 Using Fault Injection 15 ===================== 16 On the client, mount the fault injection server through NFS v4.0+ and do some 17 work over NFS (open files, take locks, ...). 18 19 On the server, mount the debugfs filesystem to <debug_dir> and ls 20 <debug_dir>/nfsd. This will show a list of files that will be used for 21 injecting faults on the NFS server. As root, write a number n to the file 22 corresponding to the action you want the server to take. The server will then 23 process the first n items it finds. So if you want to forget 5 locks, echo '5' 24 to <debug_dir>/nfsd/forget_locks. A value of 0 will tell the server to forget 25 all corresponding items. A log message will be created containing the number 26 of items forgotten (check dmesg). 27 28 Go back to work on the client and check if the client recovered from the error 29 correctly. 30 31 32 Available Faults 33 ================ 34 forget_clients: 35 The NFS server keeps a list of clients that have placed a mount call. If 36 this list is cleared, the server will have no knowledge of who the client 37 is, forcing the client to reauthenticate with the server. 38 39 forget_openowners: 40 The NFS server keeps a list of what files are currently opened and who 41 they were opened by. Clearing this list will force the client to reopen 42 its files. 43 44 forget_locks: 45 The NFS server keeps a list of what files are currently locked in the VFS. 46 Clearing this list will force the client to reclaim its locks (files are 47 unlocked through the VFS as they are cleared from this list). 48 49 forget_delegations: 50 A delegation is used to assure the client that a file, or part of a file, 51 has not changed since the delegation was awarded. Clearing this list will 52 force the client to reaquire its delegation before accessing the file 53 again. 54 55 recall_delegations: 56 Delegations can be recalled by the server when another client attempts to 57 access a file. This test will notify the client that its delegation has 58 been revoked, forcing the client to reaquire the delegation before using 59 the file again. 60 61 62 tools/nfs/inject_faults.sh script 63 ================================= 64 This script has been created to ease the fault injection process. This script 65 will detect the mounted debugfs directory and write to the files located there 66 based on the arguments passed by the user. For example, running 67 `inject_faults.sh forget_locks 1` as root will instruct the server to forget 68 one lock. Running `inject_faults forget_locks` will instruct the server to 69 forgetall locks.