[2/3] 2.6.22-rc3: known regressions v2

Salyzyn, Mark mark_salyzyn at adaptec.com
Fri Jun 1 14:24:33 EDT 2007

Agree, but overstated somewhat.

The card in question that the regression is reported against is not a
released card and as such could have a flawed environment, Hardware,
Firmware or other Incompatibility. The fix for the root cause will
likely not touch the driver or the kernel.

It does raise the specter of a possible follow-on patch to address the
root cause under kdump should we determine that the problem can not be
solved in time of release of the Firmware of the current pre-released
card or if we discover that other released cards have a similar Firmware
or Hardware bug. Speculation such as these do not belong on kernel
regression reports IMHO.

Sincerely -- Mark Salyzyn

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Vivek Goyal [mailto:vgoyal at in.ibm.com] 
> Sent: Friday, June 01, 2007 1:54 PM
> To: Andrew Morton
> Cc: Michal Piotrowski; Linus Torvalds; LKML; 
> linux-pcmcia at lists.infradead.org; Robert de Rooy; Alan Cox; 
> Tejun Heo; linux-ide at vger.kernel.org; Jeff Garzik; Gregor 
> Jasny; linux-scsi at vger.kernel.org; James Bottomley; AACRAID; 
> Yinghai Lu; Vivek Goyal; sparclinux at vger.kernel.org; David 
> Miller; Mikael Pettersson
> Subject: Re: [2/3] 2.6.22-rc3: known regressions v2
> On Fri, Jun 01, 2007 at 09:01:15AM -0700, Andrew Morton wrote:
> > On Fri, 01 Jun 2007 14:20:55 +0200 Michal Piotrowski 
> <michal.k.k.piotrowski at gmail.com> wrote:
> > 
> > > SCSI
> > > 
> > > Subject    : aacraid: adapter kernel panic'd fffffffd (kexec)
> > > References : http://lkml.org/lkml/2007/5/29/491
> > > Submitter  : Yinghai Lu <yhlu.kernel at gmail.com>
> > > Handled-By : Salyzyn, Mark <mark_salyzyn at adaptec.com>
> > >              Vivek Goyal <vgoyal at in.ibm.com>
> > > Status     : problem is being debugged
> > 
> > Mark's 
> aacraid-fix-shutdown-handler-to-also-disable-interrupts.patch is
> > known to fix this, so we can move this to "known 
> regressions with patches"
> Hi Andrew,
> aacraid-fix-shutdown-handler-to-also-disable-interrupts.patch is meant
> to ensure that we don't perform an unnecessary reset of the device
> during a kexec boot. During kexec, we perform the device_shutdown()
> which should bring the device to a known sane state and a reset is
> not required while next kernel is coming up.
> I think this fix just masks Yinghai's problem and as such does not
> fix the root cause of the problem. In his case a software reset
> of the card is not successful and this is a problem. This problem
> will become visible during kdump.
> So I would think that this regression is still there just that got
> shifted from kexec to kdump.
> But we do need above patch to make sure kexec boot is fast and does
> not perform any unrequired device reset.
> Thanks
> Vivek

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