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SubjectX unkillable in R state sometimes on startx , /proc/sysrq-trigger T output attached
Happened to me the third time now in the last
couple of months, always with different Linus
kernels (plus ACX100 wireless module from
Denis Vlasenko's snapshots) all hanging off
an up-to-date FC4, all built with latest stock
GCC; this last is:

[root@incident ~]# cat /proc/version
Linux version 2.6.14-rc5-git5 (asuardi@incident) (gcc version 4.0.2)
#1 PREEMPT Tue Oct 25 14:32:46 CEST 2005

Symptoms: startx at the command prompt gets
the blank screen, then... nothing. Keyboard is
dead (CapsLock doesn't get its led lit), no VT
switching works. Box is still reachable via ssh
through its wireless network card, all looks OK
except for X running and piling up CPU time,
and apparently untraceable (pstack, strace
hang trying to attach it) and unkillable (kill -9
doesn't kill it).

I took a couple of SysRQ 't' dumps via the
/proc/sysrq-trigger facility and the outcome is
attached - actually it's a full messages log,
startup to reboot.

Exact sequence this time:
1. boot
2. insmod 0.3.17 acx driver
-> notice I can't contact my wireless AP
3. rmmod it, insmod 0.3.16 driver
-> notice I am an idiot, plug in the wireless AP power cord
4. rmmod 0.3.16, insmod 0.3.17, iwconfig wlan0 up
5. switch to VT2 (Alt-F2), login as non-root, run startx
<blank screen, dead keyboard>
6. ssh in from remote box, take SysRQ dumps, reboot

If anyone has an idea on what to do to try and reproduce
and/or debug further, that'd be cool.

Box is a Dell Latitude C640 laptop, PIV@1.8Ghz,
1GB RAM, with a USR2210 802.11b wireless
PC Card; video card is a Radeon 7500 M7 LW.

Thanks in advance, ciao,


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