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SubjectRe: [PATCH] IDE TCQ #4
On Mon, Apr 15 2002, Petr Vandrovec wrote:
> On 15 Apr 02 at 21:11, Petr Vandrovec wrote:
> > On 15 Apr 02 at 21:00, Jens Axboe wrote:
> > > >
> > > > NULL pointer ...
> > >
> > > Could you decode that? It doesn't look like any of your drives support
> > > TCQ, it should have enabled them right here:
> >
> > They were already decoded... Also others reported that - after accessing
> > /proc/ide/ide0/hda/identify system dies... I believe that passing
> > hand-created request to ide_raw_taskfile corrupts drive->free_req,
> > and so subsequent drive command after this cat finds that
> > drive->free_req.next is NULL and dies.
>
> ide_raw_taskfile() sets rq.special to &ar - and &ar is on the stack,
> in this function. Later it falls through to __ide_end_request(), which
> does
>
> ar = rq->special;
> ...
> if (ar)
> ata_ar_put(drive, ar);
>
> which adds this ar into drive's free_req chain unconditionally. Maybe
> ata_ar_put should check for ar_queue validity. And where ar_queue
> member is initialized (or at least cleared) in this case at all?

yes this looks like a silly problem. the fix should be to have
ata_ar_get() set ATA_AR_RETURN in ar_flags:

if (!list_empty(&drive->free_req)) {
ar = list_ata_entry(drive->free_req.next);
list_del(&ar->ar_queue);
ata_ar_init(drive, ar);
ar->ar_flags |= ATA_AR_RETURN;
}
and then only have ata_ar_put() readd it to the list when it is set:

static inline void ata_ar_put(ide_drive_t *drive, struct ata_request
*ar)
{
if (ar->ar_flags & ATA_AR_RETURN)
list_add(&ar->ar_queue, &drive->free_req);
...
Then you can also remove the ata_ar_put() conditional in
ide_end_drive_cmd(), just call ata_ar_put() unconditionally.

> Unfortunately here my knowledge ends.

it was very helpful :-)

--
Jens Axboe

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