Bug 218687 - Erratic SCSI tape problem - kernel BUG at mm/slab.c:594
Summary: Erratic SCSI tape problem - kernel BUG at mm/slab.c:594
Alias: None
Product: Fedora
Classification: Fedora
Component: kernel
Version: 5
Hardware: i386
OS: Linux
Target Milestone: ---
Assignee: Kernel Maintainer List
QA Contact: Brian Brock
Whiteboard: bzcl34nup
Depends On:
TreeView+ depends on / blocked
Reported: 2006-12-06 20:18 UTC by Dylan Martin
Modified: 2008-04-04 15:52 UTC (History)
2 users (show)

Fixed In Version: kernel 2.6.21
Doc Type: Bug Fix
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Clone Of:
Last Closed: 2008-04-04 15:49:59 UTC
Type: ---

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Description Dylan Martin 2006-12-06 20:18:20 UTC
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Description of problem:
Tape drive becomes unusable after 5-10 minutes of playing with it.  I found the 
"kernel BUG at mm/slab.c:594!" error below.  I think this bug is affecting more than tapes or scsi, as other people with other devices have mentioned 
"kernel BUG at mm/slab.c:594!"  I'll include references below.

This just started with the latest FC5 kernel (2.6.18-1.2239.fc5).  Several Megariad machines I have also will not boot with the new kernel, but that might not be related.

Bug #217488 mentions a similer error message, but with a USB connection to a phone.     	    	  	    	  

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invalid opcode: 0000 [#2]
last sysfs file: /devices/pci0000:03/0000:03:08.1/host1/target1:0:6/1:0:6:0/vend
Modules linked in: ipv6 vmnet(U) vmmon(U) video sbs i2c_ec container button batt
ery asus_acpi ac lp parport_pc parport ohci_hcd floppy st sg serio_raw i2c_piix4
 i2c_core cfi_probe gen_probe scb2_flash mtdcore e1000 chipreg map_funcs pcspkr 
ide_cd cdrom dm_snapshot dm_zero dm_mirror dm_mod ext3 jbd aacraid aic7xxx scsi_
transport_spi sd_mod scsi_mod
CPU:    0
EIP:    0060:[<c045d3ac>]    Tainted: P      VLI
EFLAGS: 00010206   (2.6.18-1.2239.fc5 #1) 
EIP is at kmem_cache_free+0x29/0x62
eax: c001086c   ebx: f7ffe860   ecx: f7ff5620   edx: c1800000
esi: f7ffcf40   edi: 00000000   ebp: f21e0124   esp: c8383e28
ds: 007b   es: 007b   ss: 0068
Process tar (pid: 1219, ti=c8383000 task=f3cde290 task.ti=c8383000)
Stack: f7ffe860 f7ffcf40 00000000 c0448c0e 00000000 def70620 f7ffcf40 def70620 
       c04653e6 00000800 00000000 c046510c f8843f74 00000800 00000000 00000006 
       c8383f5c da387660 00000800 00000000 00000002 c1065620 00002000 00000000 
Call Trace:
 [<c0448c0e>] mempool_free+0x61/0x66
 [<c04653e6>] bio_free+0x25/0x30
 [<c046510c>] bio_put+0x27/0x28
 [<f8843f74>] scsi_execute_async+0x15a/0x32d [scsi_mod]
 [<f8952c57>] st_do_scsi+0x1d1/0x221 [st]
 [<f89565d8>] st_read+0x2ed/0x7a6 [st]
 [<c04613d8>] vfs_read+0xa6/0x157
 [<c0461760>] sys_read+0x41/0x67
 [<c0402d9b>] syscall_call+0x7/0xb
DWARF2 unwinder stuck at syscall_call+0x7/0xb
Leftover inexact backtrace:
Code: 5f c3 57 89 d7 8d 92 00 00 00 40 89 c1 c1 ea 0c c1 e2 05 03 15 70 53 79 c0
 56 53 8b 02 f6 c4 40 74 03 8b 52 0c 8b 02 84 c0 78 08 <0f> 0b 52 02 e3 f8 61 c0
 39 4a 18 74 08 0f 0b 99 0d e3 f8 61 c0 
EIP: [<c045d3ac>] kmem_cache_free+0x29/0x62 SS:ESP 0068:c8383e28

Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):

How reproducible:

Steps to Reproduce:
1) Be one of the few people affected by this bug .. 
2) have (in my case) a LTO1 tape drive attached to Adaptec AHA-3960D / AIC-7899A U160/m (rev 01) scsi card on a Dell server (unsure which one at this time)
2) Boot to kernel 2.6.18-1.2239.fc5Adaptec AHA-3960D / AIC-7899A U160/m (rev 01)
3) play with tape drive (mt stat; tar blah blah; mt stat; etc..) for 5-10 minutes

Actual Results:
Kernel error above prints to screen and tape stops responding

Expected Results:
Normal tape operation

Additional info:

Comment 1 Bug Zapper 2008-04-04 05:07:14 UTC
Fedora apologizes that these issues have not been resolved yet. We're
sorry it's taken so long for your bug to be properly triaged and acted
on. We appreciate the time you took to report this issue and want to
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Comment 2 Dylan Martin 2008-04-04 15:52:35 UTC
Fixed in upstream kernel 2.6.21.  Sorry I didn't close this bug at that time. 

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