kern/53004: union_lookup returning . (0xbc332e90) not same as startdir (0xc1fa8a40)

Peter Edwards peter.edwards at
Thu Jul 31 07:00:28 PDT 2003

The following reply was made to PR kern/53004; it has been noted by GNATS.

From: Peter Edwards <peter.edwards at>
To: freebsd-gnats-submit at, scrappy at
Cc: alsbergt at
Subject: Re: kern/53004: union_lookup returning . (0xbc332e90) not same as startdir (0xc1fa8a40)
Date: Thu, 31 Jul 2003 14:46:24 +0100

 The DIAGNOSTIC code is checking that if you are looking up entry "." in 
 directory "dir", then the  returned node should be the same as the one passed 
 in (ie, "." must be a hard link to the parent directory). You're looking up 
 "." in something that's not a directory, so the lookup has failed. In this 
 case there is no returned vnode, so the check is invalid.
 For Tom's example, error is definitely "ENOTDIR" at that point. Can you check 
 your core to see if this is definitely the case?
 Try adding error == 0 to the start of the "if" surrounding the panic:
 >        if (cnp->cn_namelen == 1 &&
 >        if (error == 0 && cnp->cn_namelen == 1 &&
 I also figure that the a->a_vpp in the panic line should be *a->a_vpp, so you 
 can actually see the returned vnode, rather than the pointer to its 
 container, as it is, it's comparing apples [vnode *] to oranges [vnode **]

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