Re: 2.1.36 crashes system

Gerard Roudier (
Fri, 25 Apr 1997 00:49:38 +0000 (GMT)


On Thu, 24 Apr 1997 wrote:

> Ok, so I added a couple patches, cy2135.pch (to detect k5 correctly),
> ncr53c8xx-1.18e-to-1.18f.patch.gz (which said it pretty much failed to
> patch).

The driver version in 2.1.36 is 1.18f.
The trustable version number is in ncr53c8xx.h. It is the string that
is actually used to print the corresponding message at linux start-up.
I maintain manually a comment in ncr53c8xx that points to the driver
version too and I just forgot to update it.
Sorry for the inconvenience.

> I ran bonnie and after or during the second pass (writing intellitently I
> believe) a lot of garbage flew across the screen and then froze. The
> computer was completely locked from what I could tell.

2.1.35 kernel seemed to lock when we try to write heavily to HDs.
I will try 2.1.36 to morrow.
The same benchmarks with the same driver version works flawlessly
under 2.0.29.
The "writing intelligently" beginning that writes to the file while
the buffer cache is freeing the blocks of the big file having been
deleted is probably the best way to trigger this problem.

I 've experimented such a lock on my Pentium/Triton HX pentium
under 2.1.35.