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SubjectAdding a printk in start_secondary breaks 2.4.10, not 2.4.9 ??
If I add a couple of printks to the latter part of start_secondary
on 2.4.10, and I enable serial console, I get a garbled panic.
This worked fine on 2.4.9 - can anyone give me any idea why
it broke on 2.4.10?

This is error is on a normal SMP box, not just a NUMA system
with wierd patches ;-)

(I need the printks for some arcane and disgusting reasons.
Without them, the multiquad NUMA machines die with an
undiagnosable BINT error - I have no idea why ... maybe
the console_lock serialises some action of the procs?)

Thanks,

Martin.

The patch
========

int __init start_secondary(void *unused)
{
/*
* Dont put anything before smp_callin(), SMP
* booting is too fragile that we want to limit the
* things done here to the most necessary things.
*/
cpu_init();
smp_callin();
while (!atomic_read(&smp_commenced))
rep_nop();
/*
* low-memory mappings have been cleared, flush them from
* the local TLBs too.
*/
+ printk("Before tlbflush - processor: \n");
local_flush_tlb();
+ printk("After tlbflush - processor: \n");

return cpu_idle();
}

The panic
========

Before tlbf2.4
-Based upon Swansea University C- processor: 6
NBT3.039
bUnable to hcessor: 7
l NULL pointer dereferencer at virtual address 00000050
.10 enting eip:
2c0114214
us=2
= 00000000
cOops: 0000
type 1
1
I: Probing010:[<ardware
]
CI: SeaS: 000 for i450NX host bridges on 00:10.0
Unknown00000040 edx: c025b440
nesi: c0279550 edi: 00000IRQ transform: 5f1c ,P0) -> 23
0
Ids: 0018PPB(B1,I12,P ) to get irqPr0
sPCIwapper (pid: 1, form: (B2,I4,P0) -> 40
StPCI: u000002PB(Bc02795P1) to
get irqffffffff -fffIC IRQ 00000040 : (B2,260 1) -> 39
P
CI: PP00000002,00000002 t irq 302 0PCI->APICf7ee6000 sform:
(B2,f7ee2) - f7ef5f28 usi Bc0115,P3) t7ee4000 qf7e
4000 -c0PIC IR transfor
:f7ef5fac 3c0105000 f7ef5f70 s[10Cal101f] for [<c0115a28>]
[<c0116be7>rat[<c0105000>] I[<c01059faAfter tlbflush - proc
so 2
011bad8>] [<c0105000>] [<c0105626>] [<c011bad8>] [<c010507d>] [<c0105000>]
[<c010562f>]

Code: 8b 4f 50 89 4d dc 8b 5d d0 8b 4d fc 89 5d d8 8b 41 28 a8 10
<0>Kernel panic: Attempted to kill init!


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