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SubjectRe: Oops when accessing /dev/fd0 (kernel 2.4.7 and devfsd 1.3.11)
Taylor Carpenter writes:
> On Tue, Aug 21, 2001 at 11:07:06PM -0600, Richard Gooch wrote:
> > Taylor Carpenter writes:
> > Trace; c015469b <devfs_unregister_blkdev+12eb/1960>
> > Are you unloading the floppy driver at some point? Or using module
> > autoloading?
>
> I am using module autoloading. It seems that right after the
> mountall script is called this happens.

You mean the floppy module gets loaded as a result of the mountall
script being run?

> > Interesting. What happens if you use /dev/floppy/0 instead of /dev/fd0
> > in the /etc/fstab? Still an Oops?
>
> I will try that...
>
> I did not get the oops, but I could not access the device until I manually
> loaded the floppy module (the /dev/fd0 was created as usual).

Is the /etc/modules.devfs the one that ships with devfsd?
Specifically, you need the following line:
alias /dev/floppy floppy

and of course the MODLOAD action in /etc/devfsd.conf.

> After booting w/the floppy module not loaded I can start and stop
> devfsd and load and unload the floppy module in any order w/o an
> oops. I only get the oops if the module is loaded during boot.
>
> Also when I get the oops during boot, the floppy module is not
> loaded once the system is through booting and I login, but /dev/fd*
> are all there! With out the oops /dev/fd* is only there when I load
> the floppy module (and disappears as usual when I rmmod the module).

Do you mean to say that the Oops happens during the boot sequence,
before you can log in?

> > Strange. I tried the following sequence, without problems:
> > # devfsd /dev
> > # mount /floppy
> > # ls -lF /dev/floppy
>
> I could not mount the floppy until I manually loaded the floppy
> module! This is after editing /etc/fstab as you said below.

You must have a bogus /etc/devfsd.conf or /etc/modules.devfs file for
module autoloading not to work.

> > where /etc/fstab has:
> > /dev/floppy/0 /floppy ext2 defaults,noauto,user 0 0
> >
> > I have nothing in my /etc/devfsd.conf which refers to the floppy.
>
> I only reference floppy in my perms file.

I don't know what a "perms" file is. I know Debian uses some
convoluted directory tree for devfsd configuration, but frankly, I
don't want to know about that. If you have one of these monstrosities,
please collapse them all into a single /etc/devfsd.conf file a report
based on that.

> > In addition, I don't have any LOOKUP entries. I did this with 2.4.9 with
> > devfs-patch-v188.
>
> I have many LOOKUP entries. I did not have any specific to
> /dev/fd*, but that was caught by the .* LOOKUP entry. I commented
> that out, which is probably why mdir and other commands do not work
> w/o manually loading floppy.o.

Oh! Well, duh!

> > Could you please try reproducing the problem with the setup and sequence I
> > used?
>
> I believe I followed your steps, and had no oops during boot w/the
> /etc/fstab change. I do not think that made the difference though.
> I think telling devfsd to not autoload floppy is what let me boot
> w/o oops. So I think there still is a problem w/loading the floppy
> module during boot.

Hm. Please try a virgin 2.4.9 kernel with CONFIG_DEVFS_FS=n and try
again. I have this feeling that I'm chasing someone else's bug...

Regards,

Richard....
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Current: rgooch@ras.ucalgary.ca
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