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    Subject[BUG] heavy disk access sometimes freezes 2.5.73-mm[123]
    This is going to be a terribly vague bug report, of a bug that I can't
    reproduce on demand (at least not yet). I'll see if I can bang on this
    over the 4th of July weekend and create a reproducible scenario, but
    until then, I want to at least get *something* in writing that other
    people can see. So, here goes...

    When I run 2.5.73-mm[123] on a Mandrake Cooker system here, it generally
    runs fine. However, when I run "urpmi --auto-select" to upgrade the
    packages to the latest versions, rpm tends to freeze up during
    installation of one of the packages. This did not seem to happen with
    2.5.70-mm9, which was the kernel I ran before 2.5.73-mm1.

    (It doesn't seem to be happening with 2.5.74 either, although I think
    it's really too soon to say for sure.)

    ps shows a process (an rpm process, IIRC) stuck in the D state.

    The most unusual aspect of this system is that it's using loopback root.
    The root filesystem is ReiserFS, contained within a file on a FAT32

    I'll try to make this happen in a more controlled environment soon...

    -Barry K. Nathan <>
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