failed write verify causes segmentation fault

Thomas Gleixner tglx at
Wed Mar 16 14:53:11 EST 2005

On Tue, 2005-03-15 at 19:09 -0600, Sergei Sharonov wrote:
> test conditions. I was testing NAND flash endurance at elevated 
> temperatures and after a few weeks of continuous 
> write/remount/read/verify/erase of a 10 MByte random test file 
> the nand_verify_pages() failed and caused segmentation fault.

The write/verify failure is nothing scary. Its the nature of NAND Flash
that this can and will happen.

The segfault of your user space application/script is a consequence of a
BUG() in the kernel. This _is_ scary.

> Test setup: at91rm9200 based custom board, linux 2.6.10 patched with
> mtd-snapshot-20050123, JFFS2 filesystem (non-root) on a 2 Gbit Toshiba 
> NAND chip, write verify enabled, compression disabled. 
> Seems that when (eventually) write verify failed the system could not 
> handle it graciously. Has anybody seen this before?

This should be handled by JFFS2 and I'm know for sure this worked some
time ago. I have no idea yet, which part of the code has been changed to
make this functionality go away. I will fake the write failure and check
whether I can reprocude your problem here. If it is reproducable then we
can fix it, if not we'll see. :)

> Backtrace:
> [<c00d9c40>] (jffs2_flash_writev+0x4/0x5a0) from [<c00d0694>]
> (jffs2_write_dnode+0x174/0x684)
> [<c00d0520>] (jffs2_write_dnode+0x0/0x684) from [<c00d14b0>]
> (jffs2_write_inode_range+0x2e8/0x46c)
> [<c00d11c8>] (jffs2_write_inode_range+0x0/0x46c) from [<c00ccae4>]
> (jffs2_commit_write+0x1a8/0x304)
> [<c00cc93c>] (jffs2_commit_write+0x0/0x304) from [<c004ad34>]
> (generic_file_buffered_write+0x364/0x5a8)

Not very helpful to find the source of the problem, but thanks for
providing a detailed and descriptive bug report.

> After rebooting the file system appears to be intact except that the 
> last file was partially written (1323008 bytes instead of 10000000) 
> and CRC error:

That's an expected consequence of the problem. 


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