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I have multiple Linux hosts on a SAN, making autodetect of raid devices
dangerous. This problem should be solved by specing an 'md=' for each device on
the cmdline, but unfortuantly it's broken.

Between a few emails to mingo and several wasted hours, I've managed to figure
out the problem. However I don't know how to fix it; it *should*
be working from what I can see.

My only guess right now is because I'm using gcc 2.95.2, and it's doing
something funky. (And I do not have another version to test with right now.)

The problem is during parsing of the md= line, name_to_kdev_t() is not
returning the proper k_dev_t for the device. (IE /dev/sdd5 returns as
16:45 /dev/sde5 returns as 20:05.)

However if I pass static text to name_to_kdev_t(), it works. I first believed
it was in how the str pointer was sent to name_to_kdev_t(), (running over into
comma's, instead of seperate terminated strings) I
fixed that but the problem persists.

My current test for loop is attached. The hard coded device names
printk out to a proper major:minor. The devicenames obtained from
'str' don't. I don't see the bug in here or name_to_kdev_t()...

I'm testing this with the following cmdline:
root=/dev/md0 raid=noautodetect md=0,/dev/hdd5,/dev/hde5
md=1,/dev/hdd6,/dev/hde6 md=2,/dev/hdd7,/dev/hde7
md=3,/dev/hdd8,/dev/hde8 mem=524288K

"Nobody will ever be safe until the last cop is dead."
NH Rep. Tom Alciere - (My new Hero)2.4.1prepatch 8
drivers/md/md.c line 3722

for (; i < MD_SB_DISKS && str; i++) {
if ((device = name_to_kdev_t(str))) {
md_setup_args.devices[minor][i] = device;
} else {
printk ("md: Unknown device name, %s.\n", str);
return 0;
if ((str = strchr(str, ',')) != NULL)

char *ndevstr;
ndevstr = strchr(str, ','); // Goto ','
if (ndevstr != NULL)
*ndevstr++ = 0; // Zero it for proper string

// DEBUG Print device name
printk("Checking: '%s'\n", str);

// Convert device name to k_dev_t and assign to md_setup_args.devices
// DEBUG As test, hardcode device names for /dev/md0.0 and /dev/md0.1
if (minor == 0 && i == 0)
md_setup_args.devices[minor][i] = name_to_kdev_t("/dev/sdd5");
else if (minor == 0 && i == 1)
md_setup_args.devices[minor][i] = name_to_kdev_t("/dev/sde5");
md_setup_args.devices[minor][i] = name_to_kdev_t(str);

// DEBUG Print out kdevname of md_setup_args.devices
printk("\t%s\n", kdevname(md_setup_args.devices[minor][i]));
// DEBUG Print minor and i (insync?)
printk("minor=%d, i=%d\n",minor, i);

// name_to_kdev_t() returned 0. Invalid device
if (md_setup_args.devices[minor][i] == 0) {
printk ("md: Unknown device name, %s.\n", str);
return 0;
// Jump to next devname in str
str = ndevstr;
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