Re: Oops (NULL pointer dereference) with 2.4.5+xfs-1.0.1

From: Nathan Scott (
Date: Thu Jul 19 2001 - 19:55:02 EST


On Jul 19, 5:04pm, Poul Petersen wrote:
> Subject: Oops (NULL pointer dereference) with 2.4.5+xfs-1.0.1
> I'm running RedHat 7.1 with the manually patched 2.4.5 kernel and
> xfs-1.0.1 on a dual PII (400) with 1 Gig of RAM. The XFS filesystems are
> located on a SAN RAID device accessed through a qlogic 2100 Fibre Channel
> card (using the qla2x00 module provided by Qlogic, ver 4.25). This system
> acts as a "gateway" by mounting the disks from the SAN and then exporting
> them to an array of hosts (Solaris, IRIX, Linux, AIX, etc) via NFS. The
> system has been stable through heavy read/write testing that moved
> approximately 5TB of data. Then we got an oops and the system locked up - we
> don't have the kernel debugger loaded and syslog didn't catch it, so I don't
> have a record of that oops.

I'm not sure I can help on this initial problem, too little
information for a post mortum - but this one...

> We hard rebooted the system and within 10
> minutes while authenticating mount requests we got the same oops -
> rpc.mountd: authenticated mount request from for
> /san/devbuild (/san/devbuild)
> kernel: Unable to handle kernel NULL pointer dereference at virtual address
> 0000009c
> kernel: printing eip:
> kernel: c01f1e98
> kernel: *pde = 00000000
> kernel: Oops: 0002
> kernel: CPU: 0
> kernel: EIP: 0010:[<c01f1e98>]
> kernel: EFLAGS: 00010002
> kernel: eax: 00000074 ebx: 00000074 ecx: 00000004 edx: ffffffe8
> kernel: esi: ffffffe8 edi: c01c88a9 ebp: f3f9a54c esp: f4ae5aac
> kernel: ds: 0018 es: 0018 ss: 0018
> kernel: Process nfsd (pid: 682, stackpage=f4ae5000)
> kernel: Stack: 00000004 ffffffe8 c01c88a9 c01c8d94 00000074 00000288
> ffffffe8 f3f9a560
> kernel: c033bf20 c01c8de3 ffffffe8 00000004 c01c88a9 c01c88a9
> ffffffe8 00000004
> kernel: 00000000 00000000 10130323 f7c5d800 f3d14e40 00000004
> c01ddb16 f7c5d800
> kernel: Call Trace: [<c01c88a9>] [<c01c8d94>] [<c01c8de3>] [<c01c88a9>]
> [<c01c88a9>] [<c01ddb16>] [<c01ca7db>]
> kernel: [<c01de60c>] [<c018e811>] [<c01e317e>] [<c019c239>]
> [<c01eb692>] [<c019371d>] [<c019371d>] [<c027dd6e>]
> kernel: [<c02896c3>] [<c02a1d1e>] [<c028a35b>] [<c02a21b1>]
> [<c02a1cd0>] [<c01eb858>] [<c013e06d>] [<c016c740>]
> kernel: [<c016aa24>] [<c0171062>] [<c0168671>] [<c02b63c3>]
> [<c0168489>] [<c0105546>] [<c0168290>]
> kernel:
> kernel: Code: f0 fe 4b 28 0f 88 1a f3 0c 00 8b 0b 85 c9 74 20 8d 7b 28 8d
> This time the system did not crash, but the nfsd (pid 682) died and
> nfs was altogether broken. Since we couldn't get nfs to shut down, we
> rebooted again. At this point we reviewed changes to the system since the
> 5TB testing period and the only thing changed was we enabled quotas on one
> of the XFS partitions (Some of the testing was with quotas on, but not all).
> So, we removed "usrquota,grpquota" from /etc/fstab for that partition and
> the system has been fine since (31 hours now). I've dug through a vast
> amount of mailing list archives for both XFS and knfsd, but all of the
> similar problems were resolved with patches which seem to already be
> included in 2.4.5 and xfs-1.0.1 (I checked the code). We have since brought
> up another system with the same software configuration (hardware is a single
> PII-333 with 196 MB RAM). On this machine we enabled quotas and started
> hammering on it. It has been running for 24 hours and has moved almost 3/4
> of a TB without any problems, so I'm not convinced that quotas was the
> problem. I'm not even really certain that this is an XFS problem, except we
> haven't seen this problem on other non-XFS files servers that we have and
> this problem seemed at least similar to a previous XFS problem:
> Any insight would be greatly appreciated.

There is one known problem where a mount with quota enabled
has caused a panic on a local QA system, also with a NULL
pointer dereference which may be causing this problem. I'm
having the devil's own job trying to reproduce it - but will
CC you when I do have a fix for it - may solve your problem.

If you survived the mount (with quota enabled), then this is
not the problem and there are no other known problems with
XFS quota, so we'd need to extract some more information to
diagnose further.


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