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SubjectRe: [Bugme-new] [Bug 7495] New: Kernel periodically hangs.

> I don't know. In fact I forget how I worked out that it worsened in
> 2.6.early.
> google(noapic) gets 232,000 hits.

is there a way to ask google "only stuff in the last year"?
Asking because "noapic" in 2.4 was the standard "try this" answer when
people had a bios that had busted MPS (but good ACPI)...

> I don't think it really matters when or why it happened.

well to some degree it does; if it's one patch causing it narrowing it
down at least somewhat in time would help ;)

> If we take the
> approach of fixing one machine at a time, we'll only need to fix a few
> individual machines to improve the situation for a lot of people.

alternative is that more new machines showed up that need it somehow, eg
not really a regression just something else. Different approach is
needed for hunting that down. But to be realistic we need to narrow
things down a bit, which means

1) Only care about SMP machines. APIC on true UP (no
Hyperthreading/Dualcore) is a thing no hardware vendor tests (Microsoft
doesn't use it) and is just too likely to trip up SMM and other bad BIOS
* exception is probably people who don't WANT to use apic but where it
somehow gets used anyway; if that happens we probably have the magic
bullet that causes the regression :)
2) Only care about ACPI using kernels. Non-ACPI uses MPS tables for
this, but most vendors hardly maintain those anymore at all and they are
generally just /dev/random nowadays
3) Ignore overclocking; if you overclock using the FSB the apic busses
run out of spec as well; can be a huge timewaster in debug time.

if you want to mail me at work (you don't), use arjan (at)
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