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Subject[PATCH 07/15] Don't return -ENOSYS as extra notes size if spufs is not loaded
Because the SPU coredump code might be built as part of a module (spufs),
we have a stub which is called by the coredump code, this routine then calls
into spufs if it's loaded.

Unfortunately the stub returns -ENOSYS if spufs is not loaded, which is
interpreted by the coredump code as an extra note size of -38 bytes. This
leads to a corrupt core dump.

If spufs is not loaded there will be no SPU ELF notes to write, and so the
extra notes size will be == 0.

Signed-off-by: Michael Ellerman <>
arch/powerpc/platforms/cell/spu_coredump.c | 8 ++++++--
1 files changed, 6 insertions(+), 2 deletions(-)

diff --git a/arch/powerpc/platforms/cell/spu_coredump.c b/arch/powerpc/platforms/cell/spu_coredump.c
index 4fd37ff..656a8c5 100644
--- a/arch/powerpc/platforms/cell/spu_coredump.c
+++ b/arch/powerpc/platforms/cell/spu_coredump.c
@@ -31,15 +31,19 @@ static DEFINE_MUTEX(spu_coredump_mutex);

int arch_notes_size(void)
- long ret;
+ int ret;

- ret = -ENOSYS;
if (spu_coredump_calls && try_module_get(spu_coredump_calls->owner)) {
ret = spu_coredump_calls->arch_notes_size();
+ } else {
+ ret = 0;
return ret;

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