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EIO: Error Handling is Occasionally Correct
The reliability of file systems depends in part on how
well they propagate errors. We develop a static analysis technique, EDP, that analyzes how file systems and
storage device drivers propagate error codes. Running
our EDP analysis on all file systems and 3 major storage
device drivers in Linux 2.6, we find that errors are often
incorrectly propagated; 1153 calls (13%) drop an error
code without handling it.
We perform a set of analyses to rank the robustness
of each subsystem based on the completeness of its error propagation; we find that many popular file systems
are less robust than other available choices. We confirm that write errors are neglected more often than read
errors. We also find that many violations are not cornercase mistakes, but perhaps intentional choices. Finally,
we show that inter-module calls play a part in incorrect
error propagation, but that chained propagations do not.
In conclusion, error propagation appears complex and
hard to perform correctly in modern systems.
filetype:pdf  paper  comp-sci  filesystem  errors  correctness  error-handling 
march 2019 by jabley

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