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SubjectRe: 2.6.24-rc2-mm1
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On Thu, 2007-11-15 at 16:14 +0800, Dave Young wrote:
> On Thu, Nov 15, 2007 at 03:38:13AM +0100, Kay Sievers wrote:
> > On Thu, 2007-11-15 at 09:01 +0800, Dave Young wrote:
> > > On Nov 15, 2007 5:27 AM, Kay Sievers <kay.sievers@vrfy.org> wrote:
> > > > On Wed, 2007-11-14 at 20:19 +0100, Jiri Kosina wrote:
> > > > > On Wed, 14 Nov 2007, Kay Sievers wrote:
> > > > >
> > > > > > Could it be an init-order problem, where something tries to use the
> > > > > > block subsystem? Before it is initialized with:
> > > > > > block/genhd.c :: subsys_initcall(genhd_device_init);
> > > > > > If that's the case, we have an old bug that nobody noticed with static
> > > > > > structures, which are zeroed that time, but definitely not properly
> > > > > > initialized. I'll try to build loop non-modular now, and see if that
> > > > > > makes the bug appear here.
> > > >
> > > > > my .config with which I reproduc this on 2.6.24-rc2-mm1 reliably can be
> > > > > obtained from http://www.jikos.cz/jikos/junk/.config
> > > >
> > > > Hmm, that config doesn't do anything here, and if I make it boot, it
> > > > does not show the bug.
> > > >
> > > > Could you possibly enable kobject debugging and see if that exposes
> > > > something, maybe something goes wrong with the kset refcount and it gets
> > > > released while in use.
> > > >
> > > Hi,
> > > I would do that.
> >
> > That would be great.
> >
> > > BTW, The bug report as EIP at __list_add with CONFIG_DEBUG_LIST=y
> >
> > Yeah, that hints that the kset, which contains the list, is not
> > allocated at the time it is used, or it is already released (kfree)
> > again by some buggy logic.

> Yes, I debugged it, there's some new findings.
> It is freed by put_disk.
> The floppy driver alloc_disk and then call put_disk without register_disk.
> in kobject_cleanup line 551:
> if(s)
> kset_put(s);
> Now the kset is set in alloc_disk after kobject_init, so it is not refereced yet.

Yeah, that looks like it.

It still does not fail here, but I can simulate the behavior of
floppy.c, and that gets fixed by your patch. Great!

Thanks a lot,
Kay

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