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SubjectRe: Crash on reading the whole PCI config of PIIX4 SMBus
Jean Delvare schrieb:

> On Wed, 23 Sep 2009 14:59:08 +0200, Henrik Kretzschmar wrote:
>
>> The commands _work_ with a coldstarted Linux and i2c-piix not loaded,
>> so the only thing I can do is blacklisting it and renounce sensors support,
>> having a good a argument for a new hardware aquisition. :)
>>
>
> That's really odd, considering that the i2c-piix4 driver doesn't change
> the PCI device configuration, it only reads from it.
>
> If you trigger some transactions (for example by running "sensors -s"
> at boot time?) then you also write to the I/O ports. But this hardly
> explains how subsequently reading the PCI config space would crash.
>
> You might still want to check if maybe ACPI is interfering with the
> i2c-piix4 driver. This isn't the kind of result I'd expect, but who
> knows.
>
This machine doesnt even have ACPI. :) Just APM.

But reading the config space may be dangerous, refering the manpage of lspci:
"
-xxx Show hexadecimal dump of the whole PCI configuration space. It
is available only to root as several PCI devices crash when you
try to read some parts of the config space (this behavior proba-
bly doesnt violate the PCI standard, but its at least very
stupid). However, such devices are rare, so you neednt worry
much.
"

I seem to have stumbled over one of those stupidnesses.
That is the reason why non-root users are only allowed to
read the first 64 byte of the config space.

So its imho generally a good idea to run lspci -xxx on every machine you can
and save some time searching in the wrong places.



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