Most recent kernel where this bug did not occur: 2.6.24.rc2
Hardware Environment: AMD Athlon 64x2, Qmaster 2 port (U-30300)
Software Environment: 32 bit mode
Problem Description: Qstor fails to find all devices during boot. There are three Maxtor 320GB drives on three of the four connectors. The driver finds one drive, but the other two ports fail to probe correctly and error out with timeouts.
My production 2.6.22 kernel and a build of the 2.6.24-rc2 kernel finds all three devices. It fails with -rc3 and -rc6.
I'll add dmesgs from the various tests.
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dmesg from 2.6.24-rc2 boot
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-rc3 dmesg log
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-rc6 dmesg log
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Please try this patch.
in case Tejun's patch does not do the trick.
there are 650 commits between rc2 and rc3, so you might be able to pinpoint the exact commit that causes the problem, by doing a bisection run of about ~10 kernel rebuilds and reboots.
git-bisection can take quite some time though. Here's an link that explains it:
here's a quickstart:
git-bisect good v2.6.24-rc2
git-bisect bad v2.6.24-rc3
then build the kernel that is suggested and boot into it - and check whether the
kernel worked fine or not. If the kernel worked then do this:
if it does not work then do this:
repeat this, then after 10-15 rebuilds and reboots [ ouch! :-/ ] you'll finally
arrive to a point where git-bisect outputs a "bad commit" message to you. Paste
that result into this bugzilla. (also paste the contents of "git-bisect log" so
that we can see your bisection results)
you can then quit bisection via:
and can utilize the git tree to track the latest upstream kernel by doing "git-pull"
in the linux-2.6.git directory.
NOTE: if you start seeing a long stream of 'good' or 'bad' bisection points,
chance is that you mis-identified one of the earlier bisection points. In that case
you can always repeat the 'git-log' output up to the suspected mis-identification
point - no need to redo the whole bisection.
git bisect would be a horrible waste of time for the bug reporter on this one.
There are only about 4 updates to sata_qstor, and Tejun has already identified the only one that could cause this problem.
Try the patch from Tejun, and report back ASAP, please!
Tejun's patch does do the trick. The system boots without any time outs. All three drives are recognized. The drives are actually a software RAID-5 array which mdadm assembles ok. And a fsck -f of the array's partition shows no errors. Please let me know if you need anything else.
I'll save that git-bisect procedure away for future use. :-)
Patch posted. Feel free to close. Thanks.
Please keep it open until the patch is in Linus' tree (this should enable more people to note in case it would be forgotten).
Changing status to resolved, but leaving it open until we see the patch in Linus's tree.
And.. wow.. somebody else out there actually uses a QStor card with Linux!
That makes (at least) two of us now. :)
The fix is now commit b14dabcdb651ddd9f85c69c9042322c139e7da84 in Linus' tree.