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From: "H. Peter Anvin" <hpa@zytor.com>
To: Andrew Morton <akpm@linux-foundation.org>
Cc: Jeremy Fitzhardinge <jeremy@goop.org>, Andi Kleen <ak@suse.de>,
	"Eric W. Biederman" <ebiederm@xmission.com>,
	Zachary Amsden <zach@vmware.com>,
	Linux Kernel Mailing List <linux-kernel@vger.kernel.org>
Subject: Re: [PATCH] i386: For debugging, make the initial page table setup less forgiving.
Date: Wed, 25 Apr 2007 08:28:32 -0700	[thread overview]
Message-ID: <462F73A0.40003@zytor.com> (raw)
In-Reply-To: <20070425044813.f83dde4e.akpm@linux-foundation.org>

Andrew Morton wrote:

> 
> This patch causes oopses after a minute or so running LTP's
> 
> ./testcases/bin/growfiles -W gf16 -b -e 1 -i 0 -L 120 -u -g 4090 -T 100 -t 408990 -l -C 10 -c 1000 -S 10 -f Lgf02_
> 
> on everyone's favoutite Vaio, configured with
> http://userweb.kernel.org/~akpm/config-sony.txt
> 

*BLINK*

This patch only affects the initial page tables, which should have been
thrown out *way* long ago at this point.

Yet they seem to have stuck around.  This is a very bad thing on many
levels, especially since we should have switched the kernel 1:1 area
over to PSE pages a long time ago.

> BUG: unable to handle kernel paging request at virtual address c084fa8c
>  printing eip:
> c0174c46
> *pde = 0042a027
> *pte = 00000000

Touching a non-PSE page which is zero, and quite consistent with being a
remnant from the original page tables.

Methinks this has smoked out a bug in the initial page table setup which
probably has been a performance roadblock for quite some time.

	-hpa

  reply	other threads:[~2007-04-25 15:29 UTC|newest]

Thread overview: 20+ messages / expand[flat|nested]  mbox.gz  Atom feed  top
2007-04-13 21:49 H. Peter Anvin
2007-04-13 22:18 ` Zachary Amsden
2007-04-13 22:26   ` H. Peter Anvin
2007-04-13 22:40     ` Zachary Amsden
2007-04-13 22:26   ` Jeremy Fitzhardinge
2007-04-25 11:48 ` Andrew Morton
2007-04-25 15:28   ` H. Peter Anvin [this message]
2007-04-25 17:50     ` Eric W. Biederman
2007-04-25 17:56       ` H. Peter Anvin
2007-04-25 18:23         ` Eric W. Biederman
2007-04-25 18:18       ` Jeremy Fitzhardinge
2007-04-25 19:01         ` Eric W. Biederman
2007-04-25 19:19           ` Jeremy Fitzhardinge
2007-04-25 22:08           ` Jeremy Fitzhardinge
2007-04-25 22:27             ` Eric W. Biederman
2007-04-25 23:08               ` Jeremy Fitzhardinge
2007-04-25 23:45                 ` Eric W. Biederman
2007-04-26  0:14                   ` Jeremy Fitzhardinge
2007-04-27  5:02                     ` Eric W. Biederman
2007-04-26  3:27                   ` Zachary Amsden

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