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Troubleshooting ZFS upgrade

The problem#

I had recently done an apt upgrade that included upgrading ZFS and noticed zpool status showed a weird "(non-allocating)" message, which seemed concerning:

$ zpool status
  pool: tank
 state: ONLINE

    tank         ONLINE       0     0     0
      mirror-0   ONLINE       0     0     0
        ata-***  ONLINE       0     0     0  (non-allocating)
        ata-***  ONLINE       0     0     0  (non-allocating)

errors: No known data errors

The solution#

This forum thread suggested the error may be due to a version mismatch between the ZFS tools and the kernel module. I confirmed there was a mismatch:

$ zpool --version

The easy way to load the new version of a kernel module after an update is to reboot the computer. But if you don't want to do that, here's the general outline of the commands I ran to unload and reload ZFS (run as root):

# Stop using ZFS
$ zfs umount -a
$ zpool export tank
$ service zfs-zed stop
# Remove modules
$ rmmod zfs
$ rmmod spl
# will show error: rmmod: ERROR: Module spl is in use by: ...
# repeatedly rmmod dependencies until spl is removed.

# Reload ZFS
$ modprobe zfs
$ service zfs-zed start
$ zpool import tank

The details#

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How not to fix USB HID errors

The error#

I was having trouble with a USB joystick adapter (an EMS Playstation controller adapter, to be specific). When I plugged it in, it wouldn't work and checking dmesg showed the same error getting generated over and over again (at least once per second):

$ dmesg
[81700.968873] usbhid 6-1:1.0: can't add hid device: -71
[81700.968885] usbhid: probe of 6-1:1.0 failed with error -71
[81700.968986] usb usb6-port1: disabled by hub (EMI?), re-enabling...
[81700.968991] usb 6-1: USB disconnect, device number 53
[81701.208025] usb 6-1: new low-speed USB device number 54 using uhci_hcd
[81701.384866] usb 6-1: string descriptor 0 read error: -32

The wrong fix#

I decided the sensible thing to do was to reload the driver:

$ sudo modprobe -r usbhid  # Bad idea, don't run this

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