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SubjectRe: [BUG] ide dma_timer_expiry, then hard lockup
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Hi Sergei,

On Tue, Jun 19, 2007 at 06:07:07PM +0400, Sergei Shtylyov wrote:
>
> Stuart_Hayes@Dell.com wrote:
> >I think reading the IDE status register clears the interrupt in the IDE
> >device, which might be causing the drive to think it's OK to generate
> >another interrupt.
>
> This is not how IDE drives are supposed to act -- they won't proceed any
> further until "interrupt pending" condition is cleared, so these aren't
> supposed to be "stacked". This behavior however is not strictly specified
> by ATA standards IIRC, but I can't readily imagine such situaltion anyway
> unless tagged command queueing (which is not supported by IDE core) and/or
> ATAPI command overlapping is in action...

The problem only manifests during high io load; perhaps a missing mutex
somewhere is blasting one thing too many out to the hard drive?

> > This could either cause it to get stuck trying to
> >service an interrupt that is never getting cleared as you suggested, or
> >possibly when the next IRQ comes in the IDE IRQ handler gets stuck
> >waiting for a spinlock that the code you're looking at already owns...?
>
> I could also imagine the HPT366 chip going mad and stalling the reads if
> the taskfile regs forever because of the incomplete DMA or even the drive
> going mad and not replying to I/O cycles with proper -IORDY handshake (i.e.
> holding it low all the time)...

In my case, ctrl-alt-sysrq doesn't work, which makes it hard to debug.

I'm thinking that trying to debug libata is a better idea, rather than
investing time in ide, right? Although at the moment, libata works even
less; see other email.

--linas

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