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XFS fsfreeze bug appears to be fixed in kernel 5.10.x

Over two years ago I discovered a kernel bug #205833 where a close operation on a frozen xfs mount would trigger the trim operation. This means that the filesystem can truncate away blocks beyond EOF of the file that it has reserved previously. This is a write operation and the operation correctly blocks your process.

However, the truncate operation should not have been started in the first place on the mount the has the fsfreeze active.

I stumble over this bug while I was working for a client in 2019/2020 on their kubernetes backup solution that I built for them with Velero and Restic. The goal was: Backing up the data volumes of applications that manage a folder atomically and do not have an export command. With xfs however, this lead to the bug and hanging backup jobs.

Two years later: I verify

Today, I switched away from Ubuntu completely. Arch for development and Debian with systemd on the servers has been a great pattern for me. On the latest Arch Linux I am no longer able to reproduce the error where the second process hangs.

While in the last two years the default appears to have shifted from xfs to ext4 most tutorials seem to still favour xfs


To verify the problems I have created two projects that can run on any Linux. As of my own testing Debian 11 and Arch Linux since August 2022 no longer suffer from this bug.

If you are running a kubernetes cluster and your backup freezes for no apparent reason, this might be it.

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