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SubjectRe: Crash on reading the whole PCI config of PIIX4 SMBus
On Wed, 23 Sep 2009 16:11:45 +0200, Henrik Kretzschmar wrote:
> Jean Delvare schrieb:
> > 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.

That's right, but it doesn't explain why i2c-piix4 crashes in the first
place, not why merely loading it causes further lspci -xxx to crash
when they did not beforehand. I admit I am totally clueless.

>
> 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.


--
Jean Delvare


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