Subject: Re: rnd, console debugger
To: Hal Murray <email@example.com>
From: Jason Thorpe <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: 08/12/1999 03:27:23
On Thu, 12 Aug 1999 02:03:45 -0700
Hal Murray <email@example.com> wrote:
> While testing the new pciide code, I landed in the console debugger
> with the following error:
> pool_get: rndsample: curpage NULL, nitems 7
> panic: pool_get: nitems inconsistent
Looks like interrupts aren't being blocked when they should be.
> I've seen a few messages go past indicating that option rnd is associated
> with obscure bugs so I rebuilt the kernel without rnd. I haven't
> had any strange problems since then.
> Can anybody give me a summary of the rnd problems? Did I just skim
> through the critical message?
The rnd code was unblocking interrupts at inappropriate times.
> Is the problem well understood? Anybody interested in a dump? I've
> got one from the above panic on 1.4 with the new pciide. If so,
> tell me what to type or...
It's well-understood, and the fix will appear in 1.4.1. As a quick
hack, you can change all instances of splsoftclock() in rnd.c to
-- Jason R. Thorpe <firstname.lastname@example.org>