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SubjectRe: regression: disk error loop (panic?) ide_do_rw_disk-bad:

On Tue, 17 Jul 2007, Bartlomiej Zolnierkiewicz wrote:
> On Tuesday 17 July 2007, Giacomo Catenazzi wrote:
> >
> > last git changes to git give me the following error (repead very quickly):
> >
> > sector 14657019, nr/cmr 0/0
> > bio f7b59280, biotail f7b59280, buffer 0000000, date 0000000, len 36
> > ide_do_rw_disk-bad command: dev hda: type 2, flags 104c8
> ide-disk driver and type 2 (REQ_TYPE_BLOCK_PC) requests don't mix well

Hmm. I started wondering about this.

Sure, ide-disk doesn't like non-fs requests, but I'm wondering why the
error apparently keeps repeating? We should error out once, and that
should be it.

So I'm wondering whether the

ide_end_request(drive, 0, 0);
return ide_stopped;

is the real bug.

The thing is, non-fs requests won't have nr_sectors set, so the 0 will
stay as a zero (the IDE layer has some "turn zero into current sector
number", but that doesn't work for commands that aren't sector-based!),
and as a result, we'll "complete" zero bytes, and the bio will stay

So the code should probably at the _least_ say that it's finished one
whole sector, and it would probably be much better to make it be based on
"rq->data_len", which should be reliable.

Of course, since the "ide_end_request()" takes the data in sectors, but
the request layer does it in bytes, we have to round the thing up and the
ide_end_request() thing will turn it into too many bytes, but that's ok -
"end_that_request_first()" doesn't care if we complete "too many" bytes.

So a diff something like this is, I think, the right thing to do, and
should make the IDE disk driver handle non-fs requests gracefully (it will
*fail* them, of course, but that's another issue).

Bartlomiej? Am I missing soemthing?


drivers/ide/ide-disk.c | 3 ++-
1 files changed, 2 insertions(+), 1 deletions(-)

diff --git a/drivers/ide/ide-disk.c b/drivers/ide/ide-disk.c
index b1304a7..fde2f79 100644
--- a/drivers/ide/ide-disk.c
+++ b/drivers/ide/ide-disk.c
@@ -311,8 +311,9 @@ static ide_startstop_t ide_do_rw_disk (ide_drive_t *drive, struct request *rq, s

if (!blk_fs_request(rq)) {
+ int nsectors = (rq->data_len + 511) >> 9;
blk_dump_rq_flags(rq, "ide_do_rw_disk - bad command");
- ide_end_request(drive, 0, 0);
+ ide_end_request(drive, 0, nsectors);
return ide_stopped;

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