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Subjectkernel panic in SoftwareRAID autodetection
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I found a real showstopper problem in the SoftwareRAID autodetect
code; 2.4.0-test10 and 2.4.0-test11 are affected (I didn't test
previous versions).

I'm using two IDE disk with some RAIDed partitions:

md5 : active raid0 hdc5[1] hda5[0] 2056064 blocks 32k chunks
md6 : active raid0 hdc6[1] hda6[0] 1027968 blocks 32k chunks
md7 : active raid0 hdc7[1] hda7[0] 634752 blocks 32k chunks
md8 : active raid0 hdc8[1] hda8[0] 1027968 blocks 32k chunks
md9 : active raid0 hdc9[1] hda9[0] 2237568 blocks 32k chunks
md10 : active raid0 hdc10[1] hda10[0] 60288 blocks 32k chunks
md11 : active linear hdc13[3] hdc11[1] hda13[2] hda11[0] 422912 blocks 32k rounding

that is 6 of them are RAID0 and 1 is RAIDlinear.

I compiled the 2.4.0-test11 kernel on a RH7.0 installation (using kgcc),
with the following options:

# CONFIG_MD_BOOT is not set
# CONFIG_BLK_DEV_LVM is not set
# CONFIG_LVM_PROC_FS is not set

but when I try to boot the kernel panics during the RAID autodetect phase
(without autodetection it seems OK). Tried many times, not a random problem.
So I used "console=ttyS0" to grab the output and I found it is booting
without errors (!). Tried many times.
I had to hand copy the text from the screen to this mail.

This is what I see when everything is OK (serial console grab):

Linux version 2.4.0-test11 (root@linux86.end) (gcc version egcs-2.91.66 19990314
/Linux (egcs-1.1.2 release)) #1 Fri Dec 1 12:27:42 CET 2000
Partition check:
hda: hda1 hda2 hda3 hda4 < hda5 hda6 hda7 hda8 hda9 hda10 hda11 hda12 hda13 hda
14 >
hdc: hdc1 hdc2 hdc3 hdc4 < hdc5 hdc6 hdc7 hdc8 hdc9 hdc10 hdc11 hdc12 hdc13 hdc
14 >
hdd: hdd1 hdd2 hdd3 hdd4
md driver 0.90.0 MAX_MD_DEVS=256, MAX_REAL=12
linear personality registered
raid0 personality registered
raid1 personality registered
md.c: sizeof(mdp_super_t) = 4096
autodetecting RAID arrays
(read) hda5's sb offset: 1028032 [events: 00000ace]
(read) hda6's sb offset: 513984 [events: 00000aca]
(read) hda7's sb offset: 317376 [events: 00000aca]
(read) hda8's sb offset: 513984 [events: 00000aca]
(read) hda9's sb offset: 1118784 [events: 00000096]
(read) hda10's sb offset: 30144 [events: 00000096]
(read) hda11's sb offset: 105728 [events: 000000a4]
(read) hda13's sb offset: 105728 [events: 000000a4]
(read) hdc5's sb offset: 1028032 [events: 00000ace]
(read) hdc6's sb offset: 513984 [events: 00000aca]
(read) hdc7's sb offset: 317376 [events: 00000aca]
(read) hdc8's sb offset: 513984 [events: 00000aca]
(read) hdc9's sb offset: 1118784 [events: 00000096]
(read) hdc10's sb offset: 30144 [events: 00000096]
(read) hdc11's sb offset: 105728 [events: 000000a4]
(read) hdc13's sb offset: 105728 [events: 000000a4]
autorun ...
considering hdc13 ...
adding hdc13 ...
adding hdc11 ...
adding hda13 ...
adding hda11 ...
created md11
md11: WARNING: hda13 appears to be on the same physical disk as hda11. True
protection against single-disk failure might be compromised.
md11: WARNING: hdc13 appears to be on the same physical disk as hdc11. True
protection against single-disk failure might be compromised.
running: <hdc13><hdc11><hda13><hda11>
hdc13's event counter: 000000a4
hdc11's event counter: 000000a4
hda13's event counter: 000000a4
hda11's event counter: 000000a4
md11: max total readahead window set to 124k
md11: 1 data-disks, max readahead per data-disk: 124k
md: updating md11 RAID superblock on device
hdc13 [events: 000000a5](write) hdc13's sb offset: 105728
hdc11 [events: 000000a5](write) hdc11's sb offset: 105728
hda13 [events: 000000a5](write) hda13's sb offset: 105728
hda11 [events: 000000a5](write) hda11's sb offset: 105728
considering hdc10 ...
adding hdc10 ...
adding hda10 ...
created md10
running: <hdc10><hda10>
hdc10's event counter: 00000096
hda10's event counter: 00000096
md10: max total readahead window set to 496k
md10: 2 data-disks, max readahead per data-disk: 248k
raid0: looking at hda10
raid0: comparing hda10(30144) with hda10(30144)
raid0: END
raid0: ==> UNIQUE
raid0: 1 zones
raid0: looking at hdc10
raid0: comparing hdc10(30144) with hda10(30144)
raid0: EQUAL
raid0: FINAL 1 zones
zone 0
checking hda10 ... contained as device 0
(30144) is smallest!.
checking hdc10 ... contained as device 1
zone->nb_dev: 2, size: 60288
current zone offset: 30144
raid0 : md_size is 60288 blocks.
raid0 : conf->smallest->size is 60288 blocks.
raid0 : nb_zone is 1.
raid0 : Allocating 8 bytes for hash.
md: updating md10 RAID superblock on device
hdc10 [events: 00000097](write) hdc10's sb offset: 30144
hda10 [events: 00000097](write) hda10's sb offset: 30144
considering hdc9 ...

When I don't use the serial console, only the first RAID is well
detected; I get something different: (hand copied)

md: updating md11 RAID superblock on device
hdc13 [events: 000000a7](write) hdc13's sb offset: 105728
hdc11 [events: 000000a7](write) hdc11's sb offset: 105728
hda13 [events: 000000a7](write) hda13's sb offset: 105728
hda11 [events: 000000a7](write) hda11's sb offset: 105728
considering hdc10 ...
Unable to handle kernel NULL pointer dereference at virtual address 00000000
printing eip:
*pde = 000000
Oops: 0002
CPU: 0
EIP: 0010:[<c0127da2>]
EFLAGS: 00010093
eax: 00000000 ebx: cbf4a1e0 ecx: cbff8f40 edx: 00000001
esi: cbffc638 edi: 00000286 ebp: 00000000 esp: c133df6c
ds: 0018 es: 0018 ss: 0018
Process swapper (pid: 1, stackpage=c133d000)
Stack: cbf1c000 00000001 cbf4b080 cbf4b000 00001000 000bf1c0 c01af03f cbf1c000
cbf27090 cbf27180 c133dfc4 cbf27180 c01b08b1 cbf23000 cbf23000 0000160d
00000010 c0105000 0008e000 00160001 cbf27480 c133dfc4 c133dfc4 c133dfc4
Call Trace: [<c01af03f>] [<c01b08b1>] [<c0105000>] [<c0107007>] [<c01089ff>]
Code: 89 18 8b 46 04 89 4e 04 89 31 89 41 04 89 08 eb 27 8b 43 08
kernel panic: Attempted to kill init!

Ksymoops says:

>>EIP; c0127da2 <kfree+7e/c0> <=====
Trace; c01af03f <sb_equal+7b/94>
Trace; c01b08b1 <autorun_devices+85/230>
Trace; c0105000 <empty_bad_page+0/1000>
Trace; c0107007 <init+7/150>
Trace; c01089ff <kernel_thread+23/30>
Code; c0127da2 <kfree+7e/c0> 00000000 <_EIP>:
Code; c0127da2 <kfree+7e/c0> 0: 89 18 mov %ebx,(%eax) <=====
Code; c0127da4 <kfree+80/c0> 2: 8b 46 04 mov 0x4(%esi),%eax
Code; c0127da7 <kfree+83/c0> 5: 89 4e 04 mov %ecx,0x4(%esi)
Code; c0127daa <kfree+86/c0> 8: 89 31 mov %esi,(%ecx)
Code; c0127dac <kfree+88/c0> a: 89 41 04 mov %eax,0x4(%ecx)
Code; c0127daf <kfree+8b/c0> d: 89 08 mov %ecx,(%eax)
Code; c0127db1 <kfree+8d/c0> f: eb 27 jmp 38 <_EIP+0x38> c0127dda <kfree+b6/c0>
Code; c0127db3 <kfree+8f/c0> 11: 8b 43 08 mov 0x8(%ebx),%eax

kernel panic: Attempted to kill init!

I hope this is enough to track down the problem.
Please CC to me because I'm not a LKML subscriber.

Roberto Ragusa robertoragusa at

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