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SubjectRe: "mount -o loop" lockup issue
It's a bug in Linux 2.4.2, fixed in later versions.  Regression/quality control
testing would
have caught this, but the developers usually just break things and wait for people
to complain
as their "Regression" testers.

Jason Madden wrote:

> On Mon, 26 Mar 2001, David E. Weekly wrote:
>
> > On Linux 2.4.2, running a "mount -o loop" on a file properly created with
> > "dd if=/dev/zero of=/path/to/my/file.img count=1024" seems to decide to
> > freeze up my shell (not my system). An strace showed the lockup happening at
> > the actual system "mount()" call, which never returns.
> >
> > Since mount() is in glibc, it might be relevant to note that I'm running
> > Mandrake's glibc 2.1.3-16mdk. I compiled the kernel with a gcc of 2.95.3
> > [1991030] (although oddly enough this binary seems to have come with the
> > gcc-2.95.2 RPM and installed itself as /usr/bin/gcc-2.95.2) and binutils
> > 2.10.0.24-4mdk.
> I also experience this problem (using a floppy disk image created by
> dd if=/dev/fd0 of=floppy.img bs=1024, and then mount -o loop
> floppy.img /mnt/floppy ) with a different version
> of glibc (RedHat's 2.1.92-5 rpm) and binutils (binutils-2.10.0.18-1). Loop
> is compiled into the kernel.
>
> Once the mount command was executed, my load average shot up to a steady
> 1.0 on an idle system, and remained there until I rebooted. top
> et. al. showed no cpu utilization by the frozen mount.
>
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