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SubjectRe: 2.6.29 regression: ATA bus errors on resume
On 03/30/2009 11:00 AM, Tejun Heo wrote:
> Hello,
> For some reason, I can't find the original thread, so replying here.
> Niel Lambrechts wrote:
>>>>>> The ext4 errors are interleaved with hardware errors, and the ext4
>>>>>> errors are about I/O errors.
>>>>>> EXT4-fs error (device sda6): __ext4_get_inode_loc: unable to read inode block - inode=2346519
>>>>>> EXT4-fs error (device sda6) in ext4_reserve_inode_write: IO failure
>>>>>> This looks more like a hibernation problem than an ext4 problem.
>>>>>> Looks like the hard drive is being left in some inconsistent state
>>>>>> after resuming from hibernation.
> Yeap, ext4 is just the victim here.
>>>>> ata1.00: irq_stat 0x00400008, PHY RDY changed
>>>>> ata1: SError: { PHYRdyChg CommWake }
>>>> Your SATA hardware flags a connect-or-disconnect event ("PHY RDY"),
>>>> which requires us to abort a bunch of queued commands:
>>>>> ata1.00: cmd 60/18:00:77:88:6f/00:00:0e:00:00/40 tag 0 ncq 12288 in
>>>>> res 50/00:30:07:b3:10/00:00:0c:00:00/40 Emask 0x10 (ATA bus error)
>>>> [...]
> ...
>>>> The SCSI subsystem aborts each of the queued commands.
>>> No .. this is the SCSI subsystem receives an ABORTED COMMAND return in
>>> sense data for each of the outstanding I/Os
>>> The only place these are generated is in ata_sense_to_error() which only
>>> occurs if there's some type of ata error.
>>> If I had to theorise, I'd say the system suspended with commands
>>> outstanding to the device. On resume, the device gets reset and returns
>>> some type of ATA error which gets translated to ABORTED COMMAND which
>>> causes a failure.
>>> In the mid layer, we translate ABORTED_COMMAND into a retry until the
>>> command runs out of them ... could it be there's a race readying the
>>> device and we run through the retries before it can accept the command?
> When libata-eh thinks that the problem isn't worth retrying, it sets
> scmd->retries to scmd->allowed so that it gets aborted immediately.
> The code is in ata_eh_qc_complete().
> Whether a command is to be retried or not is determined with
> ATA_QCFLAG_RETRY which is set in ata_eh_link_autopsy() for each failed
> command. Immediate-failure criteria is pretty strict - only driver
> software errors (AC_ERR_INVALID) and PC or other special commands
> which failed which got aborted by the device get the immediate pink
> slip. In this case, the commands are from FS and failed with
> AC_ERR_ATA_BUS, so it definitely doesn't fit into the criteria.
> Strange.
> How reproducible is the problem? Are you interested in trying out
> some debug patches?

Hi Tejun,

I think I should be able to reproduce when actively using X with 2.6.29,
and I have an external disk where I could backup to / boot from if the
corruption became a problem.

These issues are keeping me from 2.6.29 so I'll gladly help where I can,
if you can please provide me the patches and the .config settings that
may be required?


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