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SubjectRE: Could "bio_vec" be referenced any time?
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Hi NeilBrown,
Thank you for your help and introducing "ksymoops" to me.
I think you are right.
The BIO is passed by MD put BIO into a share "kfifo".
THX : )
-----Original Message-----
From: linux-raid-owner@vger.kernel.org
[mailto:linux-raid-owner@vger.kernel.org] On Behalf Of Neil Brown
Sent: Wednesday, February 07, 2007 3:46 AM
To: Yu-Chen Wu
Cc: linux-kernel@vger.kernel.org; linux-raid@vger.kernel.org
Subject: Re: Could "bio_vec" be referenced any time?
On Tuesday February 6, g944370@oz.nthu.edu.tw wrote:
> Hi all,
> I write a module that creates a kernel thread to show the BIOs from
> MD modules.
> The kernel thread will call show_bio() when md passing a BIO to my
> module,else sleep.
> Sometimes, show_bio() continues working successfully ,but it
> somtimes makes "general protection fault".
> The show_bio() always works when I comment the
> "bio_for_each_segment" loop.
> Is the zone I comment the cause of the fault?
> As above, I consider it's the main problem.Also, I strongly want to
> know your opinions.Thank you for help.
>
> THX

Without seeing how the bio gets to show_bio it is hard to be certain,
but my guess would be that by the time show_bio tries to inspect the
bio, the IO request involving it has already completed and the bio has
been freed, so you are accessing freed memory.

> Feb 6 22:00:28 RAID-SUSE kernel: Code: 8b 00 f6 c4 08 74 0e 48 c7 c7 14
9c
> 45 88 31 c0 e8 b5 bf e2

If you feed this line into ksymoops you get:

Code; 0000000000000000 Before first symbol
0: 8b 00 mov (%rax),%eaxC
...
so it is trying to dereference $rax.

> Feb 6 22:00:28 RAID-SUSE kernel: RAX: 6b6b6b6b6b6b6b6b RBX:
> ffff810037f52668 RCX: 0000000000040000

Which contains 6b6b6b6b6b6b6b6b.
which is lots of copies of 'POISON_FREE' (defined in
include/linux/poison.h) which makes it really look like that memory
has already been freed.

NeilBrown
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