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Date:      Tue, 20 Aug 1996 22:50:45 BST
From:      Michael Searle <>
Subject:   'attempt to write metadata'
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Does this console message mean anything?
vnode_pager_output: attempt to write meta-data!!! -- 0xfffe8000(ff)

I got this as a bold kernel message, followed by two copies of it as
standard syslog messages. (: BTW, multiple exclamation marks are the sign of
a diseased mind, or something. :)

I am using 2.1R. I can't see the console messages until I quit X, so I don't
know exactly what I was doing at the time, but the only unusual disky thing
I did was a sync (not immediately followed by shutdown). I was running some
partitions async.

Dmesg follows:

FreeBSD 2.1.0-RELEASE #0: Thu Jul 25 15:04:15 BST 1996
CPU: 166-MHz Pentium 735\\90 or 815\\100 (Pentium-class CPU)
  Origin = "GenuineIntel"  Id = 0x52c  Stepping=12
real memory  = 16777216 (16384K bytes)
avail memory = 15171584 (14816K bytes)
Probing for devices on the ISA bus:
sc0 at 0x60-0x6f irq 1 on motherboard
sc0: VGA color <16 virtual consoles, flags=0x0>
sio0 at 0x3f8-0x3ff irq 4 on isa
sio0: type 16550A
sio1 at 0x2f8-0x2ff irq 3 on isa
sio1: type 16550A
fdc0 at 0x3f0-0x3f7 irq 6 drq 2 on isa
fdc0: NEC 72065B
fd0: 1.44MB 3.5in
sb0 at 0x220 irq 7 drq 1 on isa
sb0: <SoundBlaster 16 4.13>
sbxvi0 at 0x220 irq 7 drq 5 on isa
sbxvo0: <SoundBlaster 16 4.13>
sbmidi0 not found
npx0 on motherboard
npx0: INT 16 interface
Probing for devices on the PCI bus:
chip0 <Intel 82437 (Triton)> rev 2 on pci0:0
chip1 <Intel 82371 (Triton)> rev 2 on pci0:7
vga0 <VGA-compatible display device> rev 0 int a irq 10 on pci0:11
ncr0 <ncr 53c810 scsi> rev 2 int a irq 11 on pci0:12
ncr0 waiting for scsi devices to settle
(ncr0:0:0): "FUJITSU M1606S-512 6234" type 0 fixed SCSI 2
sd0(ncr0:0:0): Direct-Access 
sd0(ncr0:0:0): FAST SCSI-2 100ns (10 Mb/sec) offset 8.
1041MB (2131992 512 byte sectors)
(ncr0:6:0): "SONY CD-ROM CDU-55S 1.0t" type 5 removable SCSI 2
cd0(ncr0:6:0): CD-ROM 
cd0(ncr0:6:0): 250ns (4 Mb/sec) offset 8.
cd present.[325252 x 2048 byte records]

Michael Searle -

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