Bug 459991 - nash-hotplug goes into tight loop on firmware load request
Summary: nash-hotplug goes into tight loop on firmware load request
Alias: None
Product: Fedora
Classification: Fedora
Component: mkinitrd
Version: 8
Hardware: i686
OS: Linux
Target Milestone: ---
Assignee: Peter Jones
QA Contact: Fedora Extras Quality Assurance
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Reported: 2008-08-25 14:34 UTC by James Bottomley
Modified: 2009-01-09 06:44 UTC (History)
2 users (show)

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Last Closed: 2009-01-09 06:44:38 UTC
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Description James Bottomley 2008-08-25 14:34:39 UTC
Description of problem:

Trying to boot FC8 with an aic94xx based system, the aic94xx driver won't load because its firmware is not loaded.

Have verified that the firmware is present in /lib/firmware.  Also verified that it can be loaded manually (by putting bash in the initrd).

What seems to happen is that nash-hotplug goes into an endless loop when it sees the firmware request.  Putting ps into the initrd shows it to be eating up CPU cycles at roughly the same time as the wall clock.

Additionally, when the aic94xx firmware is loaded manually, the root device doesn't appear:  Further evidence that nash-hotplug hasn't seen the device creation event.

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


How reproducible:

All the time

Steps to Reproduce:
1. boot with aic94xx as root

Additional info:

This situation in an initrd is almost impossible to debug because of the monolithic nature of nash.  This boot system needs to be dumped in the nearest landfill where it belongs and standard system components (which are actually debuggable) used instead.

Just by way of illustration, the system will boot if I make debian mkinitramfs build the initrd.  The ramdisk that does this, including bash and a host of nice debugging tools, is only 50% bigger than the RH/nash one.

Comment 1 Peter Jones 2008-08-25 14:41:29 UTC
What kernel are you using here?

Comment 2 James Bottomley 2008-08-25 15:02:46 UTC
The latest:

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