F16: Kernel bug with USB disks ?

Terry Barnaby terry1 at beam.ltd.uk
Wed Mar 28 11:20:56 UTC 2012

On 03/26/2012 09:20 PM, J. Randall Owens wrote:
> On 03/26/2012 06:05 AM, Terry Barnaby wrote:
>> Hi,
>> I am using the latest F16 kernel: 3.3.0-4.fc16.i686.PAE and am having
>> problems with a MicroSD card connected to a USB card reader. This has
>> been working fine until recently (at least in F14 on the same hardware).
>> The problem is that "umount" does not appear to be working correctly.
>> I have an ext3 file system on the card. I can mount it, and I can copy
>> files to it. However when I use the "umount ..." command it returns
>> instantly (should sync the files to the card). The system says the card
>> is unmounted (at least it is not listed with mount, df etc).
>> However if I run sync, there is a lot of disk activity to the card ...
>> Also if I try and run "mkfs" it says the device in in use ...
>> If I mount a blank card it lists the files present on the previous card ...
>> This sounds like a nasty kernel bug ...
>> Anyone else seen this ?
> I thought I'd noticed something like this with 3.2.x kernels also; I
> couldn't narrow it down more than that.  In my case, it's a USB external
> HDD.  After unmounting, I have an old habit of running 3 syncs in one
> line.  And lately, I've noticed that I don't even get that disk activity
> until I give it a second trio of syncs, which certainly doesn't seem right.
> Let me check right now with 3.3.0-4...  Odd, now I do get the activity
> at about the same time as the umount, and no further activity when I
> issue the syncs.  Seems to be the opposite of what you've reported.
Kernel 3.2.10-3.fc16.i686.PAE also appears to be broken.
This seems really very nasty, does it apply to other disks or just to USB
ones ...
I have added Bugzilla bug: 806909 for this.




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