Multiple handle_workitem_freeblocks calls, then a panic

Kris Kennaway kris at
Fri Jun 10 03:50:48 GMT 2005

On Thu, Jun 09, 2005 at 11:32:16PM -0400, Christopher Nehren wrote:
> I've seen the string "handle_workitem_freeblocks" coming up in the
> bright white of kernel syslog messages on my desktop's console for a
> while in periods of large disk IO. Now, while I was doing a -j4
> buildworld on my system and trying to access a different disk, the
> system started printing a lot of these messages. The kernel then
> panic'd and rebooted. This transpired before I even realised what was
> happening, so I couldn't get the exact panic string. The only thing on
> my mind right now, which has me quite worried, is whether my disks are
> dying. Can anyone please shed some light on this? I'll try to provide
> any other information requested, but the system is turned off for now.

Could a backup just in case.  Also try the smartmontools port
to see if the HD has recorded any defects.

In order to begin to diagnose the panic you need to obtain the
information described in the developers handbook chapter on kernel


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