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    SubjectProblems with 2.4 kernels (including latest; 2.4.3-pre8) related to hard drives/file systems

    Hi,
    I am not subscribed to this list. Please email me with any
    questions.

    I've been trying unsuccessfully to use 2.4 kernels for a while
    now. I wanted to use DRI and it seems I need a 2.4 kernel for it to work
    but I have the following problem:

    description:
    when I go to pretty much any directory, but for example, /usr/src
    (/usr is mounted as /dev/hdc5) and do an "ls", the list starts but it
    freezes at a certain entry and as far as I can tell never resumes. I can
    press control-c and it aborts just fine and my computer keeps running
    normally - I can do pretty much anything - but if I try to list the file
    (the one it stopped at) or many others, the same thing happens again. I
    can't think of anything remarkable about /dev/hd5 - it is an ext2
    partition, on an IBM Ultra33 drive (see below), on the motherboard
    controller. Perhaps it is because I have an Intel 840 chipset
    motherboard? Oh, DMA is on, block transfer is on and 32 bit transfer is on
    for this drive. Here is my hardware:

    Intel 840 chipset (SuperMicro P3DME) with two 850MHz Pentium 3 chips
    (100MHz bus, slot1), 512MB PC100RAM (2x256MB buffered ECC; ECC disabled).
    Voodoo3 3500 AGP TV, Promise Ultra66, SoundBlaster Live! MP3+, Adaptec
    AIC-7850 SCSI card with Plextor 8x CD burner and Pioneer 10x DVD drive,
    Znyx ZX348Q (two DEC Tulip chips with a PCI bus controller).
    The motherboard has onboard LAN (EtherExpressPro 100) and sound (don't
    know what; it's disabled).
    Hard drives are layed out as follows:

    hda: LS-120 VER5 00 UHD Floppy, ATAPI FLOPPY drive
    hdb: IOMEGA ZIP 100 ATAPI, ATAPI FLOPPY drive
    hdc: IBM-DJNA-352500, ATA DISK drive
    hde: IBM-DPTA-353750, ATA DISK drive
    hdg: IBM-DPTA-353750, ATA DISK drive

    hde and hdg are on the Promise Ultra66 controller and are part of a stripe
    set using normal kernel RAID support. However I have this problem on
    drives not associated with this stripe set.

    here is how hdc is partitioned:

    Disk /dev/hdc: 16 heads, 63 sectors, 49585 cylinders
    Units = cylinders of 1008 * 512 bytes

    Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
    /dev/hdc1 1 66 33232+ 83 Linux
    /dev/hdc2 67 587 262584 82 Linux swap
    /dev/hdc3 * 588 4749 2097648 83 Linux
    /dev/hdc4 4750 49585 22597344 5 Extended
    /dev/hdc5 4750 10991 3145936+ 83 Linux
    /dev/hdc6 10992 49585 19451344+ 83 Linux

    and how they are mounted:

    /dev/hdc2 swap swap defaults 0 0
    /dev/hde5 swap swap defaults 0 0
    /dev/hdg5 swap swap defaults 0 0
    /dev/hdc3 / ext2 defaults,nocheck,noatime 1 1
    /dev/hdc5 /usr ext2 defaults,nocheck,noatime 1 2
    /dev/hdc6 /home ext2 defaults,nocheck,noatime 1 3
    /dev/hdc1 /boot ext2 defaults,nocheck,noatime 1 4
    /dev/md0 /raid ext2 defaults,nocheck,noatime 1 2

    here are my SCSI drives incase it helps:

    scsi0 : Adaptec AHA274x/284x/294x (EISA/VLB/PCI-Fast SCSI) 5.1.31/3.2.4
    <Adaptec AIC-7850 SCSI host adapter>
    scsi : 1 host.
    (scsi0:0:3:0) Synchronous at 10.0 Mbyte/sec, offset 15.
    Vendor: PIONEER Model: DVD-ROM DVD-305 Rev: 1.00
    Type: CD-ROM ANSI SCSI revision: 02
    Detected scsi CD-ROM sr0 at scsi0, channel 0, id 3, lun 0
    (scsi0:0:4:0) Synchronous at 10.0 Mbyte/sec, offset 8.
    Vendor: IMATION Model: CD-RW IMW080220 Rev: 1.00
    Type: CD-ROM ANSI SCSI revision: 02
    Detected scsi CD-ROM sr1 at scsi0, channel 0, id 4, lun 0
    scsi : detected 2 SCSI generics 2 SCSI cdroms total.
    sr0: scsi3-mmc drive: 16x/40x cd/rw xa/form2 cdda tray
    Uniform CD-ROM driver Revision: 3.11
    sr1: scsi3-mmc drive: 20x/20x writer cd/rw xa/form2 cdda tray

    I don't think I have anything strange in my kernel config but if you
    want I can send it to you - or anything else you need to fix this - even
    access to my machine in this state if you want.

    I hope this helps.

    Nicholas


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