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SubjectRe: [PATCH] Re: 2.4.17 Oops when trying to mount ATAPI CDROM
On Tue, 5 Feb 2002, Zwane Mwaikambo wrote:

> Patch to fix the oops as encountered by Manuel McLure
> Quick browse of the trace...
> <snip>
[big snip]

> [1] In this case we get to 2 because we failed the if (id) check, but then we don't check again...
> Patch diffed against 2.4.18-pre7 and applies to 2.5.3-pre6 with offsets.

I have two comments on that code, first that it is some of the ugliest
code I've seen in a while in terms of goto's, unintuitive tests, etc. And
the patch adds a goto to avoid duplicating the test for the missing id,
which really could be made more readable. If I thought a patch just to
make the code readable and maintainable would be accepted I'd write it
(while I have a flow diagram in front of me), but given the recent
discussion of path acceptable lately I won't bother. The code really is
uglier than a hedgehog's asshole, though.

MORE IMPORTANT: doesn't this imply that the device id has either been lost
or not initialized? I haven't finished grepping for calls to this code
yet, but intuitively I would guess that if we don't have the id all the
other stuff might be suspect as well.

bill davidsen <>
CTO, TMR Associates, Inc
Doing interesting things with little computers since 1979.

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