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SubjectRe: 2.2.5 more stable than 2.2.12 or later.
Hi,

I too run linux on a Compaq Deskpro EN PII 350. It never crashed. It runned 2.2.9 -> 2.2.15, without any oops. But I must say, I only run official kernels from kernel.org that I compiled myself. I'm not interested in the pre-compiled redhat thingies.

Did you compile your kernel yourself?
When you compiled the kernel yourself, did you got it from ftp.<countrycode>.kernel.org ?

If not, I think you should contact RedHat support.

Regards


Jan Gyselinck

On Mon, Nov 20, 2000 at 07:25:43AM -0800, John Folkers wrote:
> Hello.
>
> I subscribed to this list expressly to tell you guys about a bug in the kernel that
> is being carried forward. I am not a kernel master, all I do is install stuff.
>
> First, before I begin, PLEASE reference linux-kernel posting entitled:
>
> Subject "kswapd related oopses in 2.2.13"
> From: Arthur Pedyczak (arthur-p@home.com)
> Date: Sun Nov 28 1999 - 10:59:02 AKST
>
> In there, he posted a solution to the problem (see problem definition below) which I
> tried and worked... which was to basically roll back to kernel 2.2.5 after many
> kernel Oopses.
>
> Problem Description:
> I would get a LOT of kernel Oopses randomly. It could be any process. bash, gawk,
> grep, whatnot. The request for paging at a virtual address kind. I would boot up
> and within 5 minutes or 10 minutes, I'd get the oops. I have a Deskpro Pentium II,
> and also a Deskpro Pentium III, both from Compaq.
>
> I am posting this to follow with up Arthur's original posting, which largely went
> ignored. I think the kernel has a big problem right now that's going undetected.
>
> First, let me describe what I tried to do to fix it. I tried RedHat 7.0. I tried
> RedHat 6.2 release 3. I tried RedHat 6.2. I tried RedHat 6.1. I upgraded the bios
> on my NIC to the latest. I upgraded bios of the motherboard to the latest. I
> swapped out many memory sticks from 3 other machines. I swapped out the HD from a
> working linux computer. None of these fixed the problem. I even removed the NIC.
>
> Additionally, I turned on APMD to see if maybe that was it. (See
> http://www.bitwizard.nl/sig11/ for the page I got this idea from). I tried forcing
> the HD to be all different kinds of modes via bios and also via hdparm. (PIO mode 0
> didn't work, but ALL the other modes the HD was able to be read/write just fine).
> Still, the problem persisted.
>
> I tried not only different memory sticks (they are DIMMs) but also tried in
> different DIMM slots and order. I tried all combinations. Still, the problem would
> not go away. Did I mention I even tried three HDs, with one being less than 2GB to
> see if that was the problem?
>
> I even told the kernel at boot what CHS geometry the HD had. I tried changing the
> AGP aperature (you can see I was desperate). Even tried turning off the USB port in
> the bios. Problem would not go away.
>
> I worked on this for 3 straight weeks until finally I came across Arthur's post on
> the kernel list. I tried compiled kernel 2.2.5 and presto. Not a single fault,
> failure of any kind, I was IMMENSELY PLEASED that I could go on to other projects.
> 2.2.5 has not bombed even once. In my book, this one had been solved by rolling
> back the kernel to 2.2.5.
>
> Someone needs to pay attention to this. You too can reproduce this with any Compaq
> Deskpro EN series box (I used both a Pentium II 350mhz and a Pentium III 500mhz from
> Compaq. Both exhibited the same results.) Only Kernel 2.2.5 fixes it. The latest
> kernels just bomb all the time on it. Ergo, this is a kernel software problem.
>
> Hardware:
> Motherboard: Compaq Deskpro EN series.
> CPU: PIII-500 (and also PII-350)
> 64MB DIMM RAM
> 6GB HDD (EIDE - primary master)
> EIDE-ATAPI CDROM (primary slave)
> FDD
>
> Kernel Ooops output:
> Nov 16 00:39:10 A23 kernel: Unable to handle kernel paging request at virtual
> address 44504849
> Nov 16 00:39:10 A23 kernel: current->tss.cr3 = 03a11000, %cr3 = 03a11000
> Nov 16 00:39:10 A23 kernel: *pde = 00000000
> Nov 16 00:39:10 A23 kernel: Oops: 0002
> Nov 16 00:39:10 A23 kernel: CPU: 0
> Nov 16 00:39:10 A23 kernel: EIP: 0010:[sys_read+48/196]
> Nov 16 00:39:10 A23 kernel: EFLAGS: 00010206
> Nov 16 00:39:10 A23 kernel: eax: c3ff7400 ebx: 4450482d ecx: bffff46f edx:
> 00000000
> Nov 16 00:39:10 A23 kernel: esi: fffffff7 edi: 0807c630 ebp: 00000001 esp:
> c2f8ffb8
> Nov 16 00:39:10 A23 kernel: ds: 0018 es: 0018 ss: 0018
> Nov 16 00:39:10 A23 kernel: Process bash (pid: 577, process nr: 31,
> stackpage=c2f8f000)
> Nov 16 00:39:10 A23 kernel: Stack: 0807c630 bffff478 c0109f58 00000000 bffff46f
> 00000001 401436c0 0807c630
> Nov 16 00:39:10 A23 kernel: bffff478 00000003 c010002b 0000002b 00000003
> 400f6c34 00000023 00000246
> Nov 16 00:39:10 A23 kernel: bffff448 0000002b
> Nov 16 00:39:10 A23 kernel: Call Trace: [system_call+52/56] [startup_32+43/285]
> Nov 16 00:39:10 A23 kernel: Code: ff 43 1c 85 db 0f 84 81 00 00 00 f6 43 10 01 74 72
> 8b 43 08
> Nov 16 00:39:10 A23 kernel: Unable to handle kernel paging request at virtual
> address 44504835
> Nov 16 00:39:10 A23 kernel: current->tss.cr3 = 00101000, %cr3 = 00101000
> Nov 16 00:39:10 A23 kernel: *pde = 00000000
> Nov 16 00:39:10 A23 kernel: Oops: 0000
> Nov 16 00:39:10 A23 kernel: CPU: 0
> Nov 16 00:39:10 A23 kernel: EIP: 0010:[filp_close+7/92]
> Nov 16 00:39:10 A23 kernel: EFLAGS: 00010206
> Nov 16 00:39:10 A23 kernel: eax: c3ff7400 ebx: 4450482d ecx: 00000000 edx:
> 4450482d
> Nov 16 00:39:10 A23 kernel: esi: 00000000 edi: c3282e00 ebp: 00000001 esp:
> c2f8ff04
> Nov 16 00:39:10 A23 kernel: ds: 0018 es: 0018 ss: 0018
> Nov 16 00:39:10 A23 kernel: Process bash (pid: 577, process nr: 31,
> stackpage=c2f8f000)
> Nov 16 00:39:10 A23 kernel: Stack: c3282e00 c0117821 4450482d c3282e00 c2f8ff7c
> c2f8e000 44504849 7baf6000
> Nov 16 00:39:10 A23 kernel: 00000000 c2f8e000 c010a478 0000000b c2f8ff7c
> c01d91a7 c01daace 00000002
> Nov 16 00:39:10 A23 kernel: 00000000 c010f4b8 c01daace c2f8ff7c 00000002
> c2f8e000 fffffff7 0807c630
> Nov 16 00:39:10 A23 kernel: Call Trace: [do_exit+297/628] [die_if_no_fixup+0/64]
> [error_table+2631/9344] [error_table+9070/9344] [do_page_fault+708/944]
> [error_table+9070/9344] [error_code+45/56]
> Nov 16 00:39:10 A23 kernel: [sys_read+48/196] [system_call+52/56]
> [startup_32+43/285]
> Nov 16 00:39:10 A23 kernel: Code: 8b 7b 08 83 7b 1c 00 75 10 68 02 d5 1d c0 e8 16 ea
> fe ff 31
>
>
> I've had MANY fresh, clean installs. Here's the bootup after a fresh one:
> Bootup Part of Syslog:
> Nov 15 05:57:30 localhost kernel: Detected 348210 kHz processor.
> Nov 15 05:57:30 localhost kernel: Console: colour VGA+ 80x25
> Nov 15 05:57:30 localhost kernel: Calibrating delay loop... 694.68 BogoMIPS
> Nov 15 05:57:30 localhost kernel: Memory: 62932k/65536k available (1048k kernel
> code, 412k reserved, 1080k data, 64k init, 0k bigmem)
> Nov 15 05:57:30 localhost kernel: Dentry hash table entries: 262144 (order 9, 2048k)
> Nov 15 05:57:30 localhost kernel: Buffer cache hash table entries: 65536 (order 6,
> 256k)
> Nov 15 05:57:30 localhost kernel: Page cache hash table entries: 16384 (order 4,
> 64k)
> Nov 15 05:57:30 localhost kernel: VFS: Diskquotas version dquot_6.4.0 initialized
> Nov 15 05:57:30 localhost kernel: CPU: Intel Pentium II (Deschutes) stepping 01
> Nov 15 05:57:30 localhost kernel: Checking 386/387 coupling... OK, FPU using
> exception 16 error reporting.
> Nov 15 05:57:30 localhost kernel: Checking 'hlt' instruction... OK.
> Nov 15 05:57:30 localhost kernel: POSIX conformance testing by UNIFIX
> Nov 15 05:57:30 localhost kernel: mtrr: v1.35a (19990819) Richard Gooch
> (rgooch@atnf.csiro.au)
> Nov 15 05:57:30 localhost kernel: PCI: PCI BIOS revision 2.10 entry at 0xed9a0
> Nov 15 05:57:30 localhost kernel: PCI: Using configuration type 1
> Nov 15 05:57:30 localhost kernel: PCI: Probing PCI hardware
> Nov 15 05:57:30 localhost kernel: Linux NET4.0 for Linux 2.2
> Nov 15 05:57:30 localhost kernel: Based upon Swansea University Computer Society
> NET3.039
> Nov 15 05:57:30 localhost kernel: NET4: Unix domain sockets 1.0 for Linux NET4.0.
> Nov 15 05:57:30 localhost kernel: NET4: Linux TCP/IP 1.0 for NET4.0
> Nov 15 05:57:30 localhost kernel: IP Protocols: ICMP, UDP, TCP, IGMP
> Nov 15 05:57:30 localhost kernel: TCP: Hash tables configured (ehash 65536 bhash
> 65536)
> Nov 15 05:57:30 localhost kernel: Linux IP multicast router 0.06 plus PIM-SM
> Nov 15 05:57:30 localhost kernel: Initializing RT netlink socket
> Nov 15 05:57:30 localhost kernel: Starting kswapd v 1.5
> Nov 15 05:57:30 localhost kernel: Detected PS/2 Mouse Port.
> Nov 15 05:57:30 localhost kernel: Serial driver version 4.27 with MANY_PORTS
> MULTIPORT SHARE_IRQ enabled
> Nov 15 05:57:30 localhost kernel: ttyS00 at 0x03f8 (irq = 4) is a 16550A
> Nov 15 05:57:30 localhost kernel: pty: 256 Unix98 ptys configured
> Nov 15 05:57:30 localhost kernel: apm: BIOS not found.
> Nov 15 05:57:30 localhost kernel: Real Time Clock Driver v1.09
> Nov 15 05:57:30 localhost kernel: RAM disk driver initialized: 16 RAM disks of
> 4096K size
> Nov 15 05:57:30 localhost kernel: PIIX4: IDE controller on PCI bus 00 dev a1
> Nov 15 05:57:30 localhost kernel: PIIX4: not 100% native mode: will probe irqs later
> Nov 15 05:57:30 localhost kernel: ide0: BM-DMA at 0x2020-0x2027, BIOS settings:
> hda:DMA, hdb:pio
> Nov 15 05:57:30 localhost kernel: ide1: BM-DMA at 0x2028-0x202f, BIOS settings:
> hdc:DMA, hdd:pio
> Nov 15 05:57:30 localhost kernel: hda: Maxtor 90640D4, ATA DISK drive
> Nov 15 05:57:30 localhost kernel: hdc: Compaq CRD-8322B, ATAPI CDROM drive
> Nov 15 05:57:30 localhost kernel: ide0 at 0x1f0-0x1f7,0x3f6 on irq 14
> Nov 15 05:57:30 localhost kernel: ide1 at 0x170-0x177,0x376 on irq 15
> Nov 15 05:57:30 localhost kernel: hda: Maxtor 90640D4, 6149MB w/256kB Cache,
> CHS=833/240/63
> Nov 15 05:57:30 localhost kernel: Floppy drive(s): fd0 is 1.44M
> Nov 15 05:57:30 localhost kernel: FDC 0 is a National Semiconductor PC87306
> Nov 15 05:57:30 localhost kernel: md driver 0.90.0 MAX_MD_DEVS=256, MAX_REAL=12
> Nov 15 05:57:30 localhost kernel: raid5: measuring checksumming speed
> Nov 15 05:57:30 localhost kernel: raid5: MMX detected, trying high-speed MMX
> checksum routines
> Nov 15 05:57:30 localhost kernel: pII_mmx : 774.192 MB/sec
> Nov 15 05:57:30 localhost kernel: p5_mmx : 813.054 MB/sec
> Nov 15 05:57:30 localhost kernel: 8regs : 597.789 MB/sec
> Nov 15 05:57:30 localhost kernel: 32regs : 335.280 MB/sec
> Nov 15 05:57:30 localhost kernel: using fastest function: p5_mmx (813.054 MB/sec)
> Nov 15 05:57:30 localhost kernel: scsi : 0 hosts.
> Nov 15 05:57:30 localhost kernel: scsi : detected total.
> Nov 15 05:57:30 localhost kernel: md.c: sizeof(mdp_super_t) = 4096
> Nov 15 05:57:30 localhost kernel: Partition check:
> Nov 15 05:57:30 localhost kernel: hda: hda1 hda2 < hda5 >
> Nov 15 05:57:30 localhost kernel: autodetecting RAID arrays
> Nov 15 05:57:30 localhost kernel: autorun ...
> Nov 15 05:57:30 localhost kernel: ... autorun DONE.
> Nov 15 05:57:30 localhost kernel: VFS: Mounted root (ext2 filesystem) readonly.
> Nov 15 05:57:30 localhost kernel: Freeing unused kernel memory: 64k freed
> Nov 15 05:57:30 localhost kernel: Adding Swap: 105800k swap-space (priority -1)
> Nov 15 05:57:30 localhost kernel: usb.c: registered new driver usbdevfs
> Nov 15 05:57:30 localhost kernel: usb.c: registered new driver hub
> Nov 15 05:57:30 localhost kernel: usb-uhci.c: $Revision: 1.232 $ time 16:53:56 Aug
> 22 2000
> Nov 15 05:57:30 localhost kernel: usb-uhci.c: High bandwidth mode enabled
> Nov 15 05:57:30 localhost kernel: usb-uhci.c: Intel USB controller: setting latency
> timer to 0
> Nov 15 05:57:30 localhost kernel: usb-uhci.c: USB UHCI at I/O 0x2000, IRQ 11
> Nov 15 05:57:30 localhost kernel: usb-uhci.c: Detected 2 ports
> Nov 15 05:57:30 localhost kernel: usb.c: new USB bus registered, assigned bus number
> 1
> Nov 15 05:57:30 localhost kernel: usb.c: USB new device connect, assigned device
> number 1
> Nov 15 05:57:30 localhost kernel: hub.c: USB hub found
> Nov 15 05:57:30 localhost kernel: hub.c: 2 ports detected
> Nov 15 05:57:30 localhost kernel: Linux agpgart interface v0.99 (c) Jeff Hartmann
> Nov 15 05:57:30 localhost kernel: agpgart: Maximum main memory to use for agp
> memory: 28M
> Nov 15 05:57:30 localhost kernel: agpgart: Detected Intel 440BX chipset
> Nov 15 05:57:30 localhost kernel: agpgart: AGP aperture is 64M @ 0x44000000
> Nov 15 05:57:30 localhost portmap: portmap startup succeeded
> Nov 15 05:57:30 localhost nfslock: rpc.lockd startup succeeded
> Nov 15 05:57:30 localhost nfslock: rpc.statd startup succeeded
> Nov 15 05:57:30 localhost random: Initializing random number generator: succeeded
> Nov 15 05:57:31 localhost netfs: Mounting other filesystems: succeeded
> Nov 15 05:57:19 localhost rc.sysinit: Mounting proc filesystem: succeeded
> Nov 15 05:57:19 localhost sysctl: net.ipv4.ip_forward = 0
> Nov 15 05:57:19 localhost sysctl: net.ipv4.conf.all.rp_filter = 1
> Nov 15 05:57:19 localhost sysctl: net.ipv4.ip_always_defrag = 0
> Nov 15 05:57:19 localhost sysctl: kernel.sysrq = 0
> Nov 15 05:57:19 localhost rc.sysinit: Configuring kernel parameters: succeeded
> Nov 15 05:57:19 localhost date: Wed Nov 15 05:57:11 EST 2000
> Nov 15 05:57:19 localhost rc.sysinit: Setting clock (localtime): Wed Nov 15
> 05:57:11 EST 2000 succeeded
> Nov 15 05:57:19 localhost rc.sysinit: Loading default keymap succeeded
> Nov 15 05:57:19 localhost rc.sysinit: Activating swap partitions: succeeded
> Nov 15 05:57:19 localhost rc.sysinit: Setting hostname localhost.localdomain:
> succeeded
> Nov 15 05:57:19 localhost rc.sysinit: Initializing USB controller (usb-uhci):
> succeeded
> Nov 15 05:57:19 localhost rc.sysinit: Mounting USB filesystem: succeeded
> Nov 15 05:57:19 localhost fsck: /: clean, 76701/774144 files, 248078/1547902 blocks
> Nov 15 05:57:19 localhost rc.sysinit: Checking root filesystem succeeded
> Nov 15 05:57:19 localhost rc.sysinit: Remounting root filesystem in read-write mode:
> succeeded
> Nov 15 05:57:19 localhost rc.sysinit: Finding module dependencies: succeeded
> Nov 15 05:57:20 localhost rc.sysinit: Checking filesystems succeeded
> Nov 15 05:57:20 localhost rc.sysinit: Mounting local filesystems: succeeded
> Nov 15 05:57:20 localhost rc.sysinit: Turning on user and group quotas for local
> filesystems: succeeded
> Nov 15 05:57:21 localhost rc.sysinit: Enabling swap space: succeeded
> Nov 15 05:57:22 localhost init: Entering runlevel: 3
> Nov 15 05:57:28 localhost kudzu: succeeded
> Nov 15 05:57:29 localhost sysctl: net.ipv4.ip_forward = 0
> Nov 15 05:57:29 localhost sysctl: net.ipv4.conf.all.rp_filter = 1
> Nov 15 05:57:29 localhost sysctl: net.ipv4.ip_always_defrag = 0
> Nov 15 05:57:29 localhost sysctl: kernel.sysrq = 0
> Nov 15 05:57:29 localhost network: Setting network parameters: succeeded
> Nov 15 05:57:29 localhost network: Bringing up interface lo: succeeded
> Nov 15 05:57:31 localhost identd: identd startup succeeded
> Nov 15 05:57:31 localhost atd: atd startup succeeded
> Nov 15 05:57:31 localhost rc: Starting pcmcia: succeeded
> Nov 15 05:57:32 localhost lpd: lpd startup succeeded
> Nov 15 05:57:32 localhost keytable: Loading keymap:
> Nov 15 05:57:32 localhost keytable: Loading
> /usr/lib/kbd/keymaps/i386/qwerty/us.kmap.gz
> Nov 15 05:57:33 localhost keytable: Loading system font:
> Nov 15 05:57:33 localhost rc: Starting keytable: succeeded
> Nov 15 05:57:34 localhost sendmail: sendmail startup succeeded
> Nov 15 05:57:34 localhost gpm: gpm startup succeeded
> Nov 15 05:57:34 localhost crond[506]: (CRON) STARTUP (fork ok)
> Nov 15 05:57:35 localhost crond: crond startup succeeded
> Nov 15 05:57:35 localhost xfs: xfs startup succeeded
> Nov 15 05:57:36 localhost anacron: anacron startup succeeded
> Nov 15 05:57:36 localhost anacron[554]: Anacron 2.3 started on 2000-11-15
> Nov 15 05:57:36 localhost anacron[554]: Will run job `cron.daily' in 5 min.
> Nov 15 05:57:36 localhost anacron[554]: Will run job `cron.weekly' in 10 min.
> Nov 15 05:57:36 localhost anacron[554]: Will run job `cron.monthly' in 15 min.
> Nov 15 05:57:36 localhost rhnsd: rhnsd startup succeeded
> Nov 15 05:57:36 localhost rhnsd[571]: Red Hat Network Services Daemon starting up.
> Nov 15 05:57:37 localhost linuxconf: Running Linuxconf hooks: succeeded
>
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