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SubjectRE: OOPS in do_try_to_free_pages with VERY large software RAID array
> I could see why that would be the problem why I would get the OOPS from
> /proc/mdstat, but the other OOPS I'm getting is just when the box is
> syncing the RAID arrays. Could I get an OOPS from md_status_read_proc
> overwriting it's buffer if I'm not looking at it? I guess that is a
> likely cause.

/proc will just shoot off the end of the page, overwriting whatever
poor victim is next. So *if* you've done the read of that file (or something
in the boot process has, possibly including the raid userspace tools)
all bets are off on any other oops you get later. Silent data corruption
is *evil* ;-)

The stupid way to try it (ie what I'd do ;-)) is to fix that bug, and
see if you still get the error ;-)


> Let me know what you think.
> Thanks,
> Andy.
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Martin J. Bligh []
> Sent: Monday, March 10, 2003 2:28 PM
> To: Rechenberg, Andrew;
> Subject: Re: OOPS in do_try_to_free_pages with VERY large software RAID
> array
>> Can anyone help me out please? I'm trying to create a monster
>> software RAID array and the kernel is not behaving. On some test
>> hardware I can get 17 RAID1 arrays to begin syncing and will sync with
>> /proc/sys/dev/raid/speed_limit_max set to 100000 (the max allowed)
>> with no problem.
>> We wanted to use 26 RAID1 arrays and then stripe across them to get
>> very high performance. When I tried to do that this weekend on our
>> production box we started getting kernel panics when the RAID1 arrays
>> started syncing. This was with speed_limit_max set to 10000 so the
>> rate wasn't very high. Since we knew 34 disks worked we decided to
>> put the box in to production with just 13 RAID1 arrays and striping
>> across those. The performance is great compared to our hardware RAID,
>> but I would like to get all the disks we purchase for this system
>> working.
>> This morning I connected 56 disks to our test hardware and tried to
>> reproduce the problem. With the test hardware, the 26 RAID1 arrays
>> were working OK at speed_limit_max 10000 however the kernel OOPSed
>> when I 'less'ed /proc/mdstat. It wasn't a hard crash because I could
>> still work. However when I upped the speed_limit_max to 30000 there
>> was a hard crash.
> At a wild guess (OK, I only looked for about 1 minute),
> md_status_read_proc is generating more than 4K of information, and
> overwriting the end of it's 4K page. Throw some debug in there, and get
> it to printk how much of the buffer it thinks it's using (just printk sz
> every time it changes it). If it's > 4K, convert it to the seq_file
> interface.
> May not be it, but it seems likely given the unusual scale of what
> you're doing, and it's easy to check.
> M.

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