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SubjectRe: 2.6.24-rc5-mm1 - wonky disk cache and CDROM behavior...
On Mon, 17 Dec 2007 17:44:11 -0500
Valdis.Kletnieks@vt.edu wrote:

> On Thu, 13 Dec 2007 02:40:50 PST, Andrew Morton said:
> > ftp://ftp.kernel.org/pub/linux/kernel/people/akpm/patches/2.6/2.6.24-rc5/2.6.24-rc5-mm1/
>
> OK, so I'm trying to 'dd' a CD and the drive on the laptop is having issues
> reading the disk.
>
> I try it once, and get an I/O error about 117M in - dd reports 1.7M/sec.
>
> I try it again, and it reports it died at the same exact place, but in about
> 2 seconds flat, and reports 91M/sec transfer. OK, that's *weird*, I didn't
> think that blocks read from /dev/cdrom would get cached, but OK.

It'll remain cached if something is holding the device open.

> So I try
> the obviously stupid thing:
>
> # echo 1 >| /proc/sys/vm/drop_caches
>
> Alas, that hangs gloriously - 'echo t > /proc/sysrq-trigger' tells me:
>
> Dec 17 17:30:02 turing-police kernel: [20235.823201] bash D 0000000000000001 5288 15123 15085
> Dec 17 17:30:02 turing-police kernel: [20235.823206] ffff81007ba7de28 0000000000000086 0000000000000000 0000000000000000
> Dec 17 17:30:02 turing-police kernel: [20235.823210] ffff81007bbd9000 ffff81007d70e000 ffff81007bbd9248 00000001019e3e48
> Dec 17 17:30:02 turing-police kernel: [20235.823214] ffffe20000f36028 ffffe200012b9978 ffffe20000eece48 ffffe20001164188
> Dec 17 17:30:02 turing-police kernel: [20235.823218] Call Trace:
> Dec 17 17:30:02 turing-police kernel: [20235.823224] [<ffffffff80523e20>] __down_read+0x87/0xa1
> Dec 17 17:30:02 turing-police kernel: [20235.823229] [<ffffffff8024bc13>] down_read+0x9/0xe
> Dec 17 17:30:02 turing-police kernel: [20235.823232] [<ffffffff802abafe>] drop_pagecache+0x3a/0x8c
> Dec 17 17:30:02 turing-police kernel: [20235.823235] [<ffffffff802abb72>] drop_caches_sysctl_handler+0x22/0x38
> Dec 17 17:30:02 turing-police kernel: [20235.823239] [<ffffffff802d2b70>] proc_sys_write+0x7e/0xa6
> Dec 17 17:30:02 turing-police kernel: [20235.823244] [<ffffffff8028e18c>] vfs_write+0xc7/0x170
> Dec 17 17:30:02 turing-police kernel: [20235.823248] [<ffffffff8028e772>] sys_write+0x47/0x70
> Dec 17 17:30:02 turing-police kernel: [20235.823251] [<ffffffff8020c34c>] tracesys+0xdc/0xe1
>

Something's holding s_umount for writing I guess. Possibly busted error
handling somewhere totally different.


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