Bug 501126 - checking software raid arrays on fedora 2.6.29 kernels locks up system
checking software raid arrays on fedora 2.6.29 kernels locks up system
Product: Fedora
Classification: Fedora
Component: kernel (Show other bugs)
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Reported: 2009-05-16 14:21 EDT by Kyle Liddell
Modified: 2010-06-28 08:34 EDT (History)
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Last Closed: 2010-06-28 08:34:28 EDT
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lspci -v (5.65 KB, application/octet-stream)
2009-05-16 14:21 EDT, Kyle Liddell
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/proc/mdstat (421 bytes, text/plain)
2009-05-16 14:22 EDT, Kyle Liddell
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Description Kyle Liddell 2009-05-16 14:21:09 EDT
Created attachment 344292 [details]
lspci -v

Description of problem:
On Fedora 11 (and possibly 10 - had some issues there, but never narrowed them down), if a software raid array is marked as dirty, or is forced to do a resync, the system locks up.  This also happens in the installer.
I'm not sure it's in the kernel itself - I'm filing this under kernel, but it might be in the initrd or some such.
This happens with several fedora kernels.  I also have debian on the machine, and raid works with debian kernel 2.6.26, and more interestingly, on 2.6.29-2-686.

This looks similar to Bug 484743 (but I'm creating a new bug since I'm seeing this on F11).

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

How reproducible:
Always happens on resync.
Attaching some system info (from the debian system).  I can chroot into Fedora and collect more info if needed.
Comment 1 Kyle Liddell 2009-05-16 14:22:21 EDT
Created attachment 344293 [details]
Comment 2 Kyle Liddell 2009-05-17 21:00:37 EDT
I've tried a few things, maybe I'm running into something known already?

I've built a copy of with no outside patches, and it works in debian (using debian's mkinitrd), and does not work in fedora (using fedora's mkinitrd).  Didn't test .2 on debian, but it also doesn't work on fedora.

If I build a fedora initrd for the debian kernel 2.6.29-2-686, it works, so far anyway.  (Usually, starting a check on all the md arrays fails immediately, and this one has been making progress for about 10 minutes -  I'll know more once all the arrays have finished checking in a couple hours.)
I suppose I'll try running the fedora kernel in debian next.

Maybe there's some patch that is applied to the debian kernel only?  I'll try to check into that later.  For a dumb question, would having differing versions of mdadm installed make a difference?  Debian has 2.something, and fedora has 3.something.  It seems that array checking wouldn't involve anything outside the kernel...
Comment 3 Kyle Liddell 2009-05-18 04:05:35 EDT
fedora on debian's 2.6.29-2-686 has worked for several hours now.
debian on fedora's does not work.

I'm pretty much out of ideas now.
Comment 4 Chuck Ebbert 2009-05-19 18:23:46 EDT
Did you try the i586 fedora kernel?
Comment 5 Kyle Liddell 2009-05-19 20:45:16 EDT
Just tried it, and still locks up.
To fill in a hole in testing, vanilla (compiled with debian's .config) works.
Comment 6 Kyle Liddell 2009-05-23 01:12:44 EDT
Still seeing the bug on
Comment 7 Kyle Liddell 2009-05-25 05:33:50 EDT
I thought I'd give something destructive a try, and it turned out to be pretty destructive.

Tried to do a fresh install of F11.  Deleted all partitions on all disks, created new partition tables, RAID arrays, and LVM stuff.
(By the way, using the RAID - Clone device to create RAID device button crashes installer here.)

Setup all the disks with no trouble, and clicked next, yes, etc.  Wrote the partition tables, and created the first md device, and then the system locked up.  (I'm assuming creating md0 worked - the progress bar was nearly full, then the colored bar went away, and then it locked up.)

Once I get this system bootable again, I'll try F10.
Comment 8 Kyle Liddell 2009-05-25 18:46:05 EDT
Fedora 10 locks up at around the same point (while working with partitions and such).  I'm going to have to give up on fedora on this machine.
If I can help in tracking this down more (aside from re-installing again), let me know.
Comment 9 Bug Zapper 2009-06-09 11:57:04 EDT
This bug appears to have been reported against 'rawhide' during the Fedora 11 development cycle.
Changing version to '11'.

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