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SubjectRegression: ppc powerstation boot hang caused by slab initialisation code
I'm getting a boot hang on my powerstation with recent kernels.  It
hangs in the early prom init code:

Please wait, loading kernel...
Elf64 kernel loaded...
Loading ramdisk...
ramdisk loaded at 02500000, size: 8280 Kbytes
OF stdout device is: /ht/isa@8/serial@2f8
Preparing to boot Linux version 2.6.30 (jejb@claymoor) (gcc version
4.3.3 (Debian 4.3.3-10) ) #1 SMP Mon Jun 22 09:59:35 CDT 2009
command line: root=/dev/sda3 ro console=ttyS0,19200n1
memory layout at init:
alloc_bottom : 0000000002d16000
alloc_top : 0000000030000000
alloc_top_hi : 0000000080000000
rmo_top : 0000000030000000
ram_top : 0000000080000000
instantiating rtas at 0x000000002fff5000... done
boot cpu hw idx 0000000000000000
starting cpu hw idx 0000000000000001... done
starting cpu hw idx 0000000000000002... done
starting cpu hw idx 0000000000000003... done
copying OF device tree...
Building dt strings...
Building dt structure...
Device tree strings 0x0000000003117000 -> 0x0000000003117640
Device tree struct 0x0000000003118000 -> 0x000000000311b000
Calling quiesce...
returning from prom_init

Git bisect identifies this commit:

commit 83b519e8b9572c319c8e0c615ee5dd7272856090
Author: Pekka Enberg <>
Date: Wed Jun 10 19:40:04 2009 +0300

slab: setup allocators earlier in the boot sequence

So it's something do do with early slab initialisation. I'll try to
track it down, but reverting it is hard because it seems to have a chain
of dependent commits.


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