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SubjectStuck in iowait regression in 3.18.1
After an uptime of a couple of days, I see some very strange i/o problems 
on Linux 3.18.1. The problem does not exist on 3.17.7 with identical
configuration.

I originally had these problems running under VMware, using pvscsi, but I
have since started seeing the same problems under KVM.

The process most likely to trip these problems are xz. The process gets
stuck in iowait (D in ps) after having read or written a few hundred kB,
almost every time it is run. The same thing has happened to a few other
processes too (including sort and uniq), but the overwhelming majority
work just fine.

The process _does_ get cputime eventually. A kill signal is honored in
the time span of about an hour. Mostly. (Also, when working on reproducing
the problem I once lost visibility of other terminal's processes under
/proc. Could be related?)

I would like to bisect the 3.18 changes to see which one introduced this,
but reproducing this takes several days. Any input or ideas how to hunt
this down further?


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