Re: Rootfs in eMMC: Kernel panic ...Attempted to kill init!

From: Catalin Marinas
Date: Mon Jun 22 2009 - 17:38:25 EST

On Mon, 2009-06-22 at 17:46 +0100, Russell King - ARM Linux wrote:
> On Mon, Jun 22, 2009 at 05:13:16PM +0100, Catalin Marinas wrote:
> > Could you or Sudeep clarify whether the driver uses DMA or PIO?
> If I knew what this "eMMC" was...

The only eMMC reference I could find is the omap_hsmmc.c driver.
> > In my case (ext2 over pata_platform), there is no flush_dcache_page()
> > call after the page was written with data from the CompactFlash (neither
> > the driver nor the VFS layer do this and we used hardware tracing to
> > double-check). When the page is mapped into user space,
> > update_mmu_cache() is called but the page hasn't been marked as dirty
> > and no D-cache flushing occurs. Calling flush_dcache_page() in
> > mpage_end_io_read() works around this issue.
> As already covered, there's no chance of adding such a call to the
> generic kernel. It's the responsibility of the drivers to ensure that
> data they read in hits the underlying page - in the same way that DMA
> does.

I'm not proposing to add this call. My patch is a hack to get things
working with any PIO driver. I just wanted to point to the problem I
think Sudeep encountered.

(to summarise for LKML) As it was mentioned in the past, most PIO
drivers don't do any cache flushing. In the mmci.c driver you added a
flush_dcache_call() but other block device drivers only get a pointer to
a buffer and don't have direct access to a struct page pointer. Using
virt_to_page(buffer) may help a bit but the driver would need to
reconstruct the page structures already known to code like fs/mpage.c.
There is also a bio_page() function but I'm not familiar enough with
block device drivers to suggest the best approach.


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