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[dm-devel] Re: 2.6.24-rc4-mm1



On Thu, 06 Dec 2007 04:04:20 PST, Andrew Morton said:

> > >   ftp://ftp.kernel.org/pub/linux/kernel/people/akpm/patches/2.6/2.6.24-rc4/2.6.24-rc4-mm1/
> > 
> > Something in here broke LVM support - an initrd that has worked fine for
> > quite some time suddenly couldn't mount /dev/VolGroup00/root so we get the
> > infamous "Kernel panic - not syncing: Attempted to kill init!" when we
> > fall off the end of the initrd and haven't pivoted to the real disk.
> > 
> > It finds the disk OK:
> > 
> > [   81.202310] sd 0:0:0:0: [sda] 156301488 512-byte hardware sectors (80026 MB)
> > [   81.214466] sd 0:0:0:0: [sda] Write Protect is off
> > [   81.226467] sd 0:0:0:0: [sda] Mode Sense: 00 3a 00 00
> > [   81.238436] sd 0:0:0:0: [sda] Write cache: enabled, read cache: enabled, doesn't support DPO or FUA
> > [   81.250780]  sda: sda1 sda2
> > [   75.396119] sd 0:0:0:0: [sda] Attached SCSI disk
> > 
> > but then the lvm command says it can't find the volume group VolGroup00 (which
> > is actually sda2 - sda1 is a small /boot partition, rest of disk is LVM).
> > 
> > A quick look at the rc4-mm1 announcement doesn't have any obviously tempting
> > patch names to start at, so it looks like it's time to play mm-bisect.  It may
> > take me a day or two, as I have some time management issues this week...
> > 
> 
> OK, thanks.
> 
> First step would be to eliminate rewrite-rd.patch: maybe the ramdisk driver
> in which that initrd resides is bust.
> 
> After that, agk-dm-dm-*.patch are of course the ones to look at.

How did I not notice them? Yeah, those guys would be on the suspicious list...

> Please keep dm-devel redhat com cc'ed.

I've gotten it down to about 128 patches, but it's interesting what ended
up bracketed by GOOD/BAD:

powerpc-invalid-size-for-swapper_pg_dir-with-config_pte_64bit=y.patch   GOOD
#GREGKH-DRIVER-START
gregkh-driver-nozomi.patch
    gregkh-moby-patch-tree....
unbork-gregkh-driver-kset-convert-sys-devices-to-use-kset_create-vioc.patch BAD

Would I be remiss in hypothesising that something in gregkh-driver-kobject-*
changed something, and now we need a agk-dm-dm-kobject-fixupage.patch?

The actual bug is probably elsewhere, but it *manifests* due to gregkh-driver
tree.  Will probably be tomorrow before I get it down further...

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