Where to ask about a 7.2 bug, and debugging sys/queue.h errors
kostikbel at gmail.com
Thu Aug 25 22:20:05 UTC 2011
On Thu, Aug 25, 2011 at 05:12:09PM -0500, Brandon Gooch wrote:
> On Thu, Aug 25, 2011 at 4:53 PM, Kostik Belousov <kostikbel at gmail.com> wrote:
> > On Thu, Aug 25, 2011 at 03:16:09PM -0600, Charlie Martin wrote:
> >> We're having a crash in some internal code running on FreeBSD 7.2
> >> (specifically 7.2-PRERELEASE FreeBSD 7.2-PRERELEASE and yeah, I know
> >> it's quite a bit behind) in which after 18-30 hours of running load
> >> tests, the code panics with:
> >> panic: Bad link elm 0xffffff0044c09600 next->prev != elm
> >> cpuid = 0
> >> KDB: stack backtrace:
> >> db_trace_self_wrapper() at 0xffffffff8019119a = db_trace_self_wrapper+0x2a
> >> panic() at 0xffffffff80307c72 = panic+0x182
> >> devfs_populate_loop() at 0xffffffff802a43a8 = devfs_populate_loop+0x548
> >> First question: where's the most appropriate place to ask about this
> >> kind of bug on a back version.
> > It is fine to ask there.
> >> Second: does this remind anyone of any bugs? Googling came up with a
> >> few somewhat similar things but hasn't provided much insight so far.
> > In 99% of the cases, it means that you forgot to dev_ref() some cdev.
> So dev_ref increments the reference count for a cdev. Even though the
> work "loop" seems to indicate that we will iterate over a list of
> objects (one of which we may be missing a reference to via a missing
> dev_ref()), I'm not seeing how this can cause a panic from inside
> Can you help me understand this?
Missing dev_ref() means that the memory for the cdev (and cdev_priv) is
freed prematurely. If this happens before destroy_dev() is called,
then the list which is iterated over by populate_loop(), is corrupted.
See e.g. MAKEDEV_REF flag for make_dev(9) and its use in the (old) clone
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