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SubjectRe: 2.5.55/.56 instant reboot problem on 486
On Sat, 11 Jan 2003 20:17:19 -0800 (PST), Linus Torvalds wrote:
>On Sun, 12 Jan 2003, Mikael Pettersson wrote:
>>
>> My '94 vintage 486 has problems booting 2.5.55 and 2.5.56.
>
>Should I take it that 2.5.54 works? Or you haven't tested?
>...
>Ho humm.. Sounds like the non-PSE case is broken. Which should probably
>mean that even newer CPU's should show the same thing if we boot with
>"mem=nopentium". Can you verify that with your other machine that
>otherwise boots the same kernel fine?

2.5.54 works, but since the bug in 2.5.55/.56 is dependent on
kernel size, and since I couldn't find anything in patch-2.5.55
to explain the change in behaviour, I suspected that the bug has
been around a bit longer: I just didn't manage to trigger it.

mem=nopentium made no difference for the other machine: it still
managed to boot the same kernel the 486 failed to boot.

However, with the patch to one_page_table_init() that Brian Gerst
posted earlier today (included below), my 486 boots 2.5.56 Ok.

/Mikael

diff -urN linux-2.5.56/arch/i386/mm/init.c linux/arch/i386/mm/init.c
--- linux-2.5.56/arch/i386/mm/init.c Sun Jan 12 00:16:22 2003
+++ linux/arch/i386/mm/init.c Sun Jan 12 01:48:28 2003
@@ -71,12 +71,16 @@
*/
static pte_t * __init one_page_table_init(pmd_t *pmd)
{
- pte_t *page_table = (pte_t *) alloc_bootmem_low_pages(PAGE_SIZE);
- set_pmd(pmd, __pmd(__pa(page_table) | _PAGE_TABLE));
- if (page_table != pte_offset_kernel(pmd, 0))
- BUG();
+ if (pmd_none(*pmd)) {
+ pte_t *page_table = (pte_t *) alloc_bootmem_low_pages(PAGE_SIZE);
+ set_pmd(pmd, __pmd(__pa(page_table) | _PAGE_TABLE));
+ if (page_table != pte_offset_kernel(pmd, 0))
+ BUG();

- return page_table;
+ return page_table;
+ }
+
+ return pte_offset_kernel(pmd, 0);
}

/*
-
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