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SubjectRe: 2.4.5 Oops at boot
Chris Mason wrote:
>
> On Wednesday, May 30, 2001 03:03:32 PM -0600 "D. Stimits"
> <stimits@idcomm.com> wrote:
>
> [ snip ]
>
> > RAMDISK: Compressed image found at block 0
> > Freeing initrd memory: 249k freed
> > VFS: Mounted root (ext2 filesystem).
> > Red Hat nash version 3.0.10 starting
> > VFS: Mounted root (ext2 filesystem) readonly.
> > change_root: old root has d_count=2
> > Trying to unmount old root ... <1>Unable to handle kernel NULL pointer
> > dereference at virtual address 00000010
> > printing eip:
>
> Can't say for sure without the oops decoded through ksymoops, but this
> looks like the oops in rd_ioctl fixed by 2.4.5-ac3 and higher. I think the
> following patch (taken from ac3) will be sufficient:
>
> -chris
>
> --- linux.vanilla/fs/block_dev.c Sat May 26 16:53:17 2001
> +++ linux.ac/fs/block_dev.c Mon May 28 16:10:59 2001
> @@ -603,6 +602,7 @@
> if (!bdev->bd_op->ioctl)
> return -EINVAL;
> inode_fake.i_rdev=rdev;
> + inode_fake.i_bdev=bdev;
> init_waitqueue_head(&inode_fake.i_wait);
> set_fs(KERNEL_DS);
> res = bdev->bd_op->ioctl(&inode_fake, NULL, cmd, arg);

I'm just verifying that this one change was sufficient to allow booting
from a hard disk install. I'm still trying to figure out why "make
bzdisk" is failing, I will try the ac5 patch next.

Thanks,
D. Stimits, stimits@idcomm.com

PS: Is it possible to read a floppy image directly (for example, after
dd to a file), and tell if it is overrunning its maximum size limit? For
example, the partition records always end with 55 AA, is there something
I can look for to determine if a floppy image has gone too far?
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