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SubjectRe: cerberus errors on 2.4.19 (ide dma related)
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BTW-  If you run ctcs with the -p flag it will do rw data tests.  Just
be sure to give it a number. (IE ./newburn -p 2)

On Sun, 2002-08-18 at 13:29, Ed Sweetman wrote:
> They're both. Cerberus reports MEMORY errors only when dma is enabled
> for the promise card. doesn't matter for the via chipset. These MEMORY
> errors just precursor data corruption on the disks. badblocks
> segfaulted during tests on both drives when dma was enabled on the
> promise controller. Before i got drive corruption on both drives but
> that was when i had swap on the promise controller, since then I have
> not experienced data corruption on the via drive. It's still uncertain
> as to if the data corruption is something at the transfer level to the
> promise controller or a more general ide dma memory corruption because
> when dma is enabled on the promise controller and the cerberos test is
> run, all I get is what i explained in my original post and then the
> kernel always panic's after a number of errors (both badblocks test
> errors and MEMORY errors).
>
> again, none of these errors show up when dma is disabled on the promise
> controller.
>
> so by MEMORY error, i mean what cerberus reports as "MEMORY" errors.
> cerberus doesn't seem to report hdd data corruption, rather for some
> reason badblocks segfaults. If you have a data accuracy test you like
> to run that i should try I'll do that. But the data corruption that
> i've seen only occurs after a couple days of being up with dma enabled
> on the promise card and I haven't had time to be up that long since
> moving my swap from the promise controller.
>
>
>
> On Sun, 2002-08-18 at 16:07, Andre Hedrick wrote:
> >
> > Ed,
> >
> > MEMORY errors explian please.
> >
> > If you mean data corruption please use those words, they are screaming red
> > flags for attention.
> >
> > On 18 Aug 2002, Ed Sweetman wrote:
> >
> > > Ok, devfs was removed and I got the old way working again. cerberus
> > > reports MEMORY errors when dma is enabled on the promise controller less
> > > than 30 seconds after the test has begun. Just like every other time
> > > i've had dma enabled on the promise controller.
> > >
> > > So it's not preempt. It's not devfs. So now we have to face the fact
> > > that it's either a hardware conflict that linux cannot handle or a
> > > device driver bug.
> > >
> > > Any other suggestions?
> > >
> > > Now that i'm down to vanilla 2.4.19 perhaps it's time for some real
> > > tests?
> > >
> > >
> > > On Sun, 2002-08-18 at 05:16, Ed Sweetman wrote:
> > > > On Sun, 2002-08-18 at 05:10, Alexander Viro wrote:
> > > > >
> > > > >
> > > > > On 18 Aug 2002, Ed Sweetman wrote:
> > > > >
> > > > > > (overview written in hindsight of writing email)
> > > > > > I ran all these tests on ide/host2/bus0/target0/lun0/part1
> > > > >
> > > > > Don't be silly - if you want to test anything, devfs is the last thing
> > > > > you want on the system.
> > > > >
> > > > >
> > > >
> > > >
> > > > OK, i can remove devfs, but I dont really see how that would make dma
> > > > transfers (memory) become corrupted and pio mode transfers (memory) to
> > > > not.
> > > >
> > > > I'm going to remove it, but i dont see how it's going to affect what's
> > > > going on.
> > >
> > >
> > >
> >
> > Andre Hedrick
> > LAD Storage Consulting Group
> >
> >
>
>
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