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SubjectRe: 2.5.1-pre5 not easy to boot with devfs
Pierre Rousselet writes:
> As far as I can see,
>
> when CONFIG_DEBUG_KERNEL is set
> and
> when devfsd is started at boot time
> I get an Oops when remounting, rw the root fs :
>
> Unable to handle kernel request at va 5a5a5a5e
> ...
> EIP: 0010:[<c01516f9>] Not tainted
> ...
> Process devfsd(pid:15,stackpage=cfd33000)

Ah, ha! I've found the problem. Perversely, I wasn't able to reproduce
this bug until I booted a UP kernel. I've appended the fix. Please try
this out. I have sufficient confidence in this fix that I'll make a
proper release in a few minutes.

Regards,

Richard....
Permanent: rgooch@atnf.csiro.au
Current: rgooch@ras.ucalgary.ca
diff -urN linux-2.4.17-pre2/Documentation/filesystems/devfs/ChangeLog linux/Documentation/filesystems/devfs/ChangeLog
--- linux-2.4.17-pre2/Documentation/filesystems/devfs/ChangeLog Sat Dec 1 10:48:46 2001
+++ linux/Documentation/filesystems/devfs/ChangeLog Sun Dec 2 23:23:12 2001
@@ -1805,3 +1805,7 @@

- Do not send CREATE, CHANGE, ASYNC_OPEN or DELETE events from devfsd
or children
+===============================================================================
+Changes for patch v199.1
+
+- Fixed bug in <devfsd_read>: was dereferencing freed pointer
diff -urN linux-2.4.17-pre2/fs/devfs/base.c linux/fs/devfs/base.c
--- linux-2.4.17-pre2/fs/devfs/base.c Sat Dec 1 10:48:46 2001
+++ linux/fs/devfs/base.c Sun Dec 2 23:21:10 2001
@@ -569,6 +569,9 @@
Do not send CREATE, CHANGE, ASYNC_OPEN or DELETE events from
devfsd or children.
v1.2
+ 20011202 Richard Gooch <rgooch@atnf.csiro.au>
+ Fixed bug in <devfsd_read>: was dereferencing freed pointer.
+ v1.3
*/
#include <linux/types.h>
#include <linux/errno.h>
@@ -601,7 +604,7 @@
#include <asm/bitops.h>
#include <asm/atomic.h>

-#define DEVFS_VERSION "1.2 (20011127)"
+#define DEVFS_VERSION "1.3 (20011202)"

#define DEVFS_NAME "devfs"

@@ -3243,11 +3246,17 @@
tlen = rpos - *ppos;
if (done)
{
+ devfs_handle_t parent;
+
spin_lock (&fs_info->devfsd_buffer_lock);
fs_info->devfsd_first_event = entry->next;
if (entry->next == NULL) fs_info->devfsd_last_event = NULL;
spin_unlock (&fs_info->devfsd_buffer_lock);
- for (; de != NULL; de = de->parent) devfs_put (de);
+ for (; de != NULL; de = parent)
+ {
+ parent = de->parent;
+ devfs_put (de);
+ }
kmem_cache_free (devfsd_buf_cache, entry);
if (ival > 0) atomic_sub (ival, &fs_info->devfsd_overrun_count);
*ppos = 0;
-
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