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    Subjectoops in proc_sys_compare
    I got this oops below, after several hours of swap-heavy kernel builds
    in tmpfs, on 2.6.27-rc1-mm1 a couple of weeks ago. Tried to reproduce
    it without success, then got a very similar trace (not saved) from
    2.6.27-rc3 itself doing the same test yesterday: again oopsing in
    proc_sys_compare on address -16, looks like it's trying for
    PROC_I(dentry->d_inode)->sysctl but d_inode is NULL.

    I looked to see what's been going on in fs/proc recently, and your
    [PATCH] sanitize proc_sysctl 9043476f726802f4b00c96d0c4f418dde48d1304
    does sound like it might be implicated. I've only seen this on
    PowerPC G5, similar tests on x86_32 and _64 haven't shown it:
    maybe a memory barrier needed somewhere?

    Hugh

    Unable to handle kernel paging request for data at address 0xfffffffffffffff0
    Faulting instruction address: 0xc000000000121ec4
    Oops: Kernel access of bad area, sig: 11 [#1]
    PREEMPT SMP NR_CPUS=4 PowerMac
    Modules linked in:
    NIP: c000000000121ec4 LR: c000000000121eb4 CTR: 0000000000000000
    REGS: c000000002af33f0 TRAP: 0300 Not tainted (2.6.27-rc1-mm1)
    MSR: 9000000000009032 <EE,ME,IR,DR> CR: 24222482 XER: 00000000
    DAR: fffffffffffffff0, DSISR: 0000000040000000
    TASK = c000000002d22500[26561] 'sh' THREAD: c000000002af0000 CPU: 3
    GPR00: 0000000000000078 c000000002af3670 c0000000005cf520 0000000000000000
    GPR04: c0000000021ba01b 000000000000000b c000000015e63596 c0000000021ba011
    GPR08: 0001f59632fdb346 0000000000000000 000000000001ffff 0000000000000000
    GPR12: 0000000020222424 c0000000005ec800 0000000000000000 0000000000000000
    GPR16: 00000000200be41c 0000000000000000 c000000002af38d0 c000000002af38b0
    GPR20: c000000002af38c0 c000000002af3bf8 0000000000000101 0000000000000024
    GPR24: c0000000021ba011 0000000032fdb346 000000000000000b c000000002af38c0
    GPR28: c000000015e634f8 c000000015e634e0 c000000000562498 c000000015e63510
    NIP [c000000000121ec4] .proc_sys_compare+0x48/0x7c
    LR [c000000000121eb4] .proc_sys_compare+0x38/0x7c
    Call Trace:
    [c000000002af3670] [c000000000522620] root_table_header+0x0/0x58 (unreliable)
    [c000000002af36f0] [c0000000000dabdc] .__d_lookup+0xf4/0x1f0
    [c000000002af37a0] [c0000000000d0978] .do_lookup+0x38/0x128
    [c000000002af3840] [c0000000000d1438] .__link_path_walk+0x9d0/0xf30
    [c000000002af3950] [c0000000000d19f0] .path_walk+0x58/0xc4
    [c000000002af3a00] [c0000000000d1b94] .do_path_lookup+0x138/0x17c
    [c000000002af3ab0] [c0000000000d1cc8] .__path_lookup_intent_open+0x78/0xdc
    [c000000002af3b60] [c0000000000d2960] .do_filp_open+0xcc/0x764
    [c000000002af3d00] [c0000000000c5454] .do_sys_open+0x80/0x14c
    [c000000002af3db0] [c000000000108378] .compat_sys_open+0x24/0x38
    [c000000002af3e30] [c0000000000076ac] syscall_exit+0x0/0x40
    Instruction dump:
    60000000 80a40004 80090004 7f802800 409e003c e8890008 e87f0008 4bf0aa45
    60000000 2fa30000 409e0024 e93fffe0 <e869fff0> 4bf2f84d 60000000 7c630034
    ---[ end trace ac14ee183d55eec5 ]---


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