generic: fsync fuzz tester with fsstress

Run fsstress, fsync every file and directory, simulate a power failure and
then verify that all files and directories exist, with the same data and
metadata they had before the power failure.

This test has found already 2 bugs in btrfs, that caused mtime and ctime of
directories not being preserved after replaying the log/journal and loss
of a directory's attributes (such a UID and GID) after replaying the log.
The patches that fix the btrfs issues are titled:

  "Btrfs: fix wrong ctime and mtime of a directory after log replay"
  "Btrfs: fix fsync not persisting changed attributes of a directory"

Running this test 1000 times:

- on xfs, no issues were found

- on ext4 it has resulted in about a dozen journal checksum errors (on a
  5.0 kernel) that resulted in failure to mount the filesystem after the
  simulated power failure with dmflakey, which produces the following
  error in dmesg/syslog:

    [Mon May 13 12:51:37 2019] JBD2: journal checksum error
    [Mon May 13 12:51:37 2019] EXT4-fs (dm-0): error loading journal

Signed-off-by: Filipe Manana <>
Reviewed-by: Eryu Guan <>
Signed-off-by: Eryu Guan <>
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