Re: 2.4.20: Proccess stuck in __lock_page ...

From: Jens Axboe (
Date: Mon Jun 02 2003 - 05:43:14 EST

On Wed, May 28 2003, Thomas Tonino wrote:
> Jens Axboe wrote:
> >Lemme guess, hard drive on the same channel as the burner? There's
> >nothing we can do about that, hardware limitation.
> hmmm... most drives these days have a command to read free buffer capacity,
> so there is no need to send more than the drive can swallow - and no need
> to tie up the channel.

As we cannot do more than 128kb in a single request (cdrecord uses 63kb
for writing), there's no problem there. I think you are misunderstanding
me. This is not a problem with ide layer starving the hard drive by
continually sending writes to the cd-r, it's a problem with not being
able to preempt service for a single command duration.

> >The reason you see it
> >during fixation is because that's one long single command, and we cannot
> >preempt the channel and service requests while that is going on.
> But this may be the exception that breaks the rule. Bah.

No, that is the entire problem.

Jens Axboe

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