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Re: [patch] scsi: revert "[SCSI] Get rid of scsi_cmnd->done"

From:  Peter Osterlund <>
To:  Linus Torvalds <>
Subject:  Re: [patch] scsi: revert "[SCSI] Get rid of scsi_cmnd->done"
Date:  06 Jan 2008 03:55:16 +0100
Message-ID:  <>
Cc:  James Bottomley <>, Matthew Wilcox <>, Ingo Molnar <>,, Andrew Morton <>
Archive-link:  Article

Linus Torvalds <> writes:

> On Wed, 2 Jan 2008, James Bottomley wrote:
> > Look at the taxonomy of the bug.  This is the form of the error:
> > 
> > buffer I/O error on device sr0, logical block 20304
> > attempt to access beyond end of device
> > sr0: rw=0, want=81224, limit=40944
> > 
> > The last limit is the most suggestive, that comes straight from
> > bdev->bd_inode->i_size>>9 and is supposed to be the size of the block
> > device in 512 byte blocks. For a 4.7GB DVD, it's a little small.
> > Nothing in the sr code sets this directly (although it does come from
> > get_blkdev() for the first opener).  pktcdvd does set it, though ... and
> > probably wrongly if the drive in question isn't UDF formatted.

pktcdvd sets it when opening the /dev/pktcdvd device, but when the
drive is later opened as /dev/scd0, there is nothing that sets it
back. (Btw, 40944 is possible if the disk is a CDRW that was formatted
with "cdrwtool -m 10236".)

The problem is that pktcdvd opens the cd device in non-blocking mode
when pktsetup is run, and doesn't close it again until pktsetup -d
is run. The effect is that if you meanwhile open the cd device,
blkdev.c:do_open() doesn't call bd_set_size() because bdev->bd_openers
is non-zero.

I don't know the correct way to fix this. Maybe adding bd_set_size()
to sr.c:get_sectorsize() which already does set_capacity() would

> .. but you're ignoring the fact that if pktcdvd sets it wrong, then it 
> should be visible with the pre-commit kernel *also*.

I can repeat this bug, both with and without the scsi patch that is
claimed to make a difference, both with an external USB drive and an
internal IDE drive.

To repeat:

  1. Start with an empty drive.
  2. pktsetup 0 /dev/scd0 
  3. Insert a CD containing an isofs filesystem.
  4. mount /dev/pktcdvd/0 /mnt/tmp
  5. umount /mnt/tmp
  6. Press the eject button.
  7. Insert a DVD containing a non-writable filesystem.
  8. mount /dev/scd0 /mnt/tmp
  9. find /mnt/tmp -type f -print0 | xargs -0 sha1sum >/dev/null
  10. If the DVD contains data beyond the physical size of a CD, you
      get I/O errors in the terminal, and dmesg reports lots of
      "attempt to access beyond end of device" errors.

Peter Osterlund -
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