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SubjectRe: null pointer dereference while loading i915
On Wed, Aug 8, 2012 at 6:50 AM, Mihai Moldovan <> wrote:
> Hi Daniel, hi list
> ever since version 3.2.0 (maybe even earlier, but 3.0.2 is still working fine),
> my box is crashing when loading the i915 driver (mode-setting enabled.)
> The current version I'm testing with is 3.5.0.
> I was able to get the BUG output (please forgive any errors/flips in the output,
> I have had to transcribe the messages from the screen/images), however, I'm not
> able to find out what's wrong.
> If I see it correctly, there's a null pointer dereference in a printk called
> from inside gmbus_xfer. The only printk calls I can see in
> drivers/gpu/drm/i915/intel_i2c.c gmbus_xfer() however are issued by the
> DRM_DEBUG_KMS() and DRM_INFO() macros.
> Neither call looks wrong to me, I even tried to swap adapter->name with
> bus-> and make *sure* i < num is true, but haven't had any success.
> I'd really like to see this bug fixed, as it's preventing me from updating the
> kernel for over a year now.
> Also, while 3.0.2 works, it *does* spew error/warning messages related to gmbus
> and I've had corrupted VTs in the past (albeit after a long uptime with multiple
> X restarting and DVI cable unplugging/reattaching events), so maybe there's a
> lot more broken than "expected".

Hm, this is rather strange. gmbus should not be enable on 3.2 nor 3.0,
since exactly this issue might happen. We've re-enabled gmbus again on
3.5 after having fixed this bug. Are you sure that this is plain 3.2
you're running?

Yours, Daniel
Daniel Vetter - +41 (0) 79 365 57 48 -

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