Subject: kern/12284: vnd.c / UBC inconsistencies ?
To: None <email@example.com>
From: None <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: 02/25/2001 21:21:42
>Synopsis: boot-big.fs is all zeroes - changes via vnd do not show up in file immediately on system with large memory
>Arrival-Date: Sun Feb 25 12:22:03 PST 2001
>Originator: Frank Kardel
System: NetBSD pip 1.5S NetBSD 1.5S (PIP) #9: Sun Feb 25 20:05:35 MET 2001 kardel@pip:/src/NetBSD/netbsd/sys/arch/i386/compile/PIP i386
Here is what i experience:
Since the integration of UBC the creation of floppy images (e.g. boot-big.fs) generates files with all zeroes
in the file. After some time the images "improve" - showing the expected data, but the INSTALL krnel still fails
with "cannot mount root". The md memory image seems corrupted (also generated via vnd device as is boot-big.fs).
This happens on a machine with 256Mb or more (384Mb) (everything is in memory).
Do a "make release" with suitable paths. Look into <RELEASEDIR>/installation/floppy and find short(!) .gz files and .fs
files with zeroes.
A quick glance at vnd.c revealed, that vnd.c seems to works VOP_STRATEGY() interface, while dd, cp and
mdsetimage make use of the UBC interface. Maybe this is the area where the problem can be found/solved.