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SubjectRe: [PATCH v2] issue storage device flush via sync_blockdev()
On Thu, Mar 26, 2009 at 11:17:44PM -0400, Jeff Garzik wrote:
> Theodore Tso wrote:
>> Jeff,
>>
>> FYI, I tried your patch; it causes the lvm process called out of
>> the initramfs from an Ubuntu 8.10 system to blow up while trying to
>> set up the root filesystem. The stack trace was:
>>
>> generic_make_request+0x2a3/0x2e6
>> trace_hardirqs_on_caller+0x111/0x135
>> mempool_alloc_slab+0xe/0x10
>> mempool_alloc+0x42/0xe0
>> submit_bio+0xad/0xb5
>> bio_alloc_bioset+0x21/0xfc
>> blkdev_issue_flush+0x7f/0xfc
>> syn_blockdev+0x2a/0x36
>> __blkdev_put_0x44/0x131
>> blkdev_put+0xa/0xc
>> blkdev_close+0x2e/0x32
>> __fput+0xcf/0x15f
>> fput+0x19/0x1b
>> filp_close+0x51/0x5b
>> sys_close+0x73/0xad
>
> hmmm, I wonder if DM/LVM doesn't like blkdev_issue_flush, or it's too
> early, or what. I'll toss Ubuntu onto a VM and check it out...

I forgot to mention. The failure was the EIP was NULL; so it looks
like we called a null function pointer. The only function pointer
derference I can find is q->make_request_fn() in line 1460 of
blk-core.c, in __generic_make_request. But that doesn't seem make any
sense....
Anyway, maybe you can figure out what's going on. The problem
disappeared as soon as I popped off this patch, though, so it was
pretty clearly the culprit.

- Ted


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