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Re: superformat having problems allocating memory?



Hamish Moffatt <hamish@debian.org> writes:

> On Sun, Jan 25, 1998 at 01:03:00PM -0600, Douglas Bates wrote:
> > I'm not sure if this is a problem with the superformat program from
> > the fdutils package or with malloc under libc6 or with my kernel but
> > I get errors from superformat saying it cannot allocate memory when
> > there is a lot of memory available.
> >  bash-2.01$ superformat -d /dev/fd0
> >  Formatting cylinder  0, head 0 format: Cannot allocate memory
> 
> Was this your first floppy format or had you done a lot?

I had done a lot.  I was making about 50 copies of a floppy disk for a 
class.

> After doing a lot of disks I got this message, or something similar,
> about being unable to allocate DMA buffers. The people on the appropriate
> linux- list tell me it's a design problem in the floppy driver,
> and that ISA DMA is problematic with > 16mb RAM (which is what it uses).

> I had to reboot to reset it, did you?

I rebooted and could write on the same floppy disk without a problem.
About 10 disks later I encountered the same problem again.  It looks
like the driver is at fault.


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