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SubjectRe: kernel panic in SoftwareRAID autodetection
On Monday December 4, wrote:
> On 01-Dec-00, Neil Brown wrote:
> > On Friday December 1, wrote:
> >> 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).
> [detailed report]
> >
> > Fixed in 2.4.0-test12pre3.
> I tried 2.4.0-test12pre3.
> The problem is *not* fixed: kernel panic again.

My apologies. There was a "oops in SoftwareRAID autodetect" in test10
and test11 that was fixed in test12pre3, and I just assumed that your's
was the same, and didn't look at it properly.

On looking again, your problem is definately different and quite

The fact that it works fine with "console=ttyS0" but doesn't without
is very suspicious. It suggests to me that there is some odd
interaction going on, and that the problem may well have nothing
directly to do with RAID.

I will try to reproduce it myself, but I suspect that there is at
least an even chance that I won't be able to. If small changes like
"console=ttyS0" make it go away then some other small difference in
my setup could equally change the result.

The code which was Oopsing was in kfree, and this seems to compile
very differently for SMP than for UP. I think that you were compiling
for UP - is that correct? Could you try compiling with SMP support
and see if that makes a difference?

...... however, I went back and poured over the code for a little
while, and I think I found something. linear.c may over-run a
kmalloced buffer, which could product exactly what you are getting.
The following patch isn't *correct*, but if it makes a difference for
you, then it means that we have found the problem.. please let me

--- drivers/md/linear.c 2000/12/03 22:14:54 1.3
+++ drivers/md/linear.c 2000/12/05 21:57:42
@@ -98,7 +98,7 @@
- table->dev1 = NULL;
+/* table->dev1 = NULL; */

return 0;

> Please CC to me because I'm not a LKML subscriber.

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