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Subject[PATCH] doc/oops-tracing: add Code: decode info
From: Randy Dunlap <>

Add info that the Code: bytes line contains <xy> or (wxyz) in some
architecture oops reports and what that means.

Add URL for a script by Andi Kleen that reads the Code: line from an Oops
report file and generates assembly code from the hex bytes.
(This script does not handle Code: lines that contain <xy> or (wxyz)

Signed-off-by: Randy Dunlap <>
Documentation/oops-tracing.txt | 15 +++++++++++++++
1 file changed, 15 insertions(+)

--- linux-2.6.22-rc5.orig/Documentation/oops-tracing.txt
+++ linux-2.6.22-rc5/Documentation/oops-tracing.txt
@@ -86,6 +86,21 @@ stuff are the values reported by the Oop
and do a replace of spaces to "\x" - that's what I do, as I'm too lazy
to write a program to automate this all).

+Alternatively, you can use the shell script from
+<>. Usage is:
+decodecode <oops.txt
+The hex bytes that follow "Code:" may (in some architectures) have a series
+of bytes that precede the current instruction pointer as well as bytes at and
+following the current instruction pointer. In some cases, one instruction
+byte or word is surrounded by <> or (), as in "<86>" or "(f00d)". These
+<> or () markings indicate the current instruction pointer. Example from
+i386, split into multiple lines for readability:
+Code: f9 0f 8d f9 00 00 00 8d 42 0c e8 dd 26 11 c7 a1 60 ea 2b f9 8b 50 08 a1
+64 ea 2b f9 8d 34 82 8b 1e 85 db 74 6d 8b 15 60 ea 2b f9 <8b> 43 04 39 42 54
+7e 04 40 89 42 54 8b 43 04 3b 05 00 f6 52 c0
Finally, if you want to see where the code comes from, you can do

cd /usr/src/linux
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