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

From: Catalin Marinas
Date: Tue Jun 23 2009 - 10:35:24 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:
> > 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.

The patch below appears to solve the problem with CompactFlash using
pata_platform (I cc'ed linux-ide since the patch changes their code).
The patch only handles the read case but similarly it may need to handle
the write case if D-cache aliasing between user and kernel mappings

For the USB mass storage, I haven't yet figured out the best place to
call flush_dcache_page().

Call flush_dcache_page after PIO data transfer in libata-aff.c

From: Catalin Marinas <catalin.marinas@xxxxxxx>

When reading data from an ATA device using PIO, the kernel dirties the
D-cache but there is no flush_dcache_page() call in ata_pio_sector().
Since neither the VFS layer calls this function, a subsequent
update_mmu_cache() is not aware of the dirty page which may lead to
cache incoherency in user space.

Signed-off-by: Catalin Marinas <catalin.marinas@xxxxxxx>
drivers/ata/libata-sff.c | 3 +++
1 files changed, 3 insertions(+), 0 deletions(-)

diff --git a/drivers/ata/libata-sff.c b/drivers/ata/libata-sff.c
index bbbb1fa..2ae15c3 100644
--- a/drivers/ata/libata-sff.c
+++ b/drivers/ata/libata-sff.c
@@ -893,6 +893,9 @@ static void ata_pio_sector(struct ata_queued_cmd *qc)

+ if (!do_write)
+ flush_dcache_page(page);
qc->curbytes += qc->sect_size;
qc->cursg_ofs += qc->sect_size;


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