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Re: kernel BUG at fs/buffer.c:471! with

To: Alessandro Bono <alessandro.bono@xxxxxxxxx>
Subject: Re: kernel BUG at fs/buffer.c:471! with
From: Christoph Hellwig <hch@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Fri, 14 Nov 2008 12:50:31 -0500
Cc: linux-kernel@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx, linux-xfs@xxxxxxxxxxx
In-reply-to: <gfjqlf$kpt$1@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
References: <gfjqlf$kpt$1@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
User-agent: Mutt/1.5.18 (2008-05-17)
On Fri, Nov 14, 2008 at 12:24:19PM +0000, Alessandro Bono wrote:
> Hi all
> second time I hit this bug, first time with (reported to xfs ml 
> without response)
> Condition are similar: rsync from remote server via ssh to a local usb hd 
> with a xfs filesystem but connection this time is with a wired ethernet 
> not wifi
> Tell me if you need other info
> kernel BUG at fs/buffer.c:471!

In line 471 in fs/buffer.c is inside write and looks like this:

        first = page_buffers(page)

and page_buffers is defined as:

#define page_buffers(page)                              \
({                                                      \
        BUG_ON(!PagePrivate(page));                     \
        ((struct buffer_head *)page_private(page));     \

So we get a page without page_private set.

Now XFS always creates buffers in writepage when it doesn't have those
yet using the VFS helper create_empty_buffers which calls
attach_page_buffers, which sets the page private flag.

Given that the binary 3d driver always caused random VM problems can you
try to reproduce it with one loaded?

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