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SubjectRe: IDE-SCSI oops in 2.6.0-test11

Cool bananas. I have applied the patch and it has fixed the oops. Many
thanks for the quick reply and patch.



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Linus Torvalds <>
02/12/2003 06:37 p.m.

cc: Ed Sweetman <>, Kernel Mailing List
<>, Jens Axboe <>
Subject: Re: IDE-SCSI oops in 2.6.0-test11

On Tue, 2 Dec 2003 wrote:
> I can't get the source, otherwise I would have compiled it against
> 2.6.0. However I don't find this point particularly relevant since
> 2.6.0 should be backward compatible with 2.4,0, atleast at the binary
> level.
> I tried the earlier versions of dvdrtools and cdrtools and their didn't
> like ide-cd. This version (cdrecord-dvdpro) does but it still don't
> alter the fact that while using ide-scsi is no longer recommended, it
> still should work.

Well, we're trying, but nobody has had a lot of luck with it.

However, your particular case looks pretty straightforward:

> Here the the oops again.
> Dec 2 12:02:46 mig27 kernel: Unable to handle kernel NULL pointer
dereference at virtual address 00000000
> Dec 2 12:02:46 mig27 kernel: printing eip:
> Dec 2 12:02:46 mig27 kernel: 00000000

Somebody jumped through a NULL pointer, and it was:

> Dec 2 12:02:46 mig27 kernel: Process cdrecord-prodvd (pid: 369,
threadinfo=e4160000 task=f65d4100)
> Dec 2 12:02:46 mig27 kernel: Call Trace:
> Dec 2 12:02:46 mig27 kernel: [<f9859b1b>]
idescsi_transfer_pc+0x11b/0x120 [ide_scsi]

That's the code that does:

if (test_bit (PC_DMA_OK, &pc->flags)) {
set_bit (PC_DMA_IN_PROGRESS, &pc->flags);
(void) (HWIF(drive)->ide_dma_begin(drive));

and it looks like the PC_DMA_OK flag is incorrect.

Doing a bit more digging shows that "idescsi_issue_pc()" seems to use some
variables without ever actually _initializing_ them. How about this
trivial one-liner? Does that make it work for you?

Jens? Comments?


===== drivers/scsi/ide-scsi.c 1.33 vs edited =====
--- 1.33/drivers/scsi/ide-scsi.c Tue Nov 18 23:40:45 2003
+++ edited/drivers/scsi/ide-scsi.c Tue Dec 2 10:36:33 2003
@@ -516,6 +516,7 @@
pc->actually_transferred=0; /* We haven't transferred
any data yet */
bcount.all = IDE_MIN(pc->request_transfer, 63 * 1024);
/* Request to transfer the entire buffer at once */
+ feature.all = 0;

if (drive->using_dma && rq->bio) {
if (test_bit(PC_WRITING, &pc->flags))

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