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SubjectRe: 2.6.{26.2,27-rc} oops on virtualbox
Em Sun, 31 Aug 2008 11:29:23 +0200
Gerhard Brauer <> escreveu:

| On Thu, Aug 28, 2008 at 10:30:13AM -0300, Luiz Fernando N. Capitulino wrote:
| > Em Wed, 27 Aug 2008 19:33:28 -0400
| > Mathieu Desnoyers <> escreveu:
| > |
| > | Since this problem appears while we are using a simple memcpy (the
| > | text_poke_early version), but disappears when we disable interrupts for
| > | a longer period of this, I suspect a problem with irq disabling in
| > | Virtualbox.
| > |
| > | We could try to add some nsleep() or msleep() calls within text_poke and
| > | text_poke_early before and after the code modificatoin to see if the
| > | problem disappears. If it does, then that would somewhat confirm the
| > | racy irq disable thesis.
| >
| > Well, a Ubuntu kernel guy has reported in the virtualbox's ticket[1]
| > that the oops doesn't happen if he puts a printk() in the crash site.
| >
| > The funny thing is that someone (who might be a virtualbox developer)
| > used the same race argument to say that this is a bug in the kernel.
| >
| > What concerns me though is that how can virtualbox be worth using
| > in the Linux community if it's probably not working for various distros
| > (currently Fedora, Ubuntu, Mandriva and ArchLinux).
| >
| > Thanks for the effort, guys.
| >
| > [1]
| Ok, some news from archlinux side:
| Our distribution kernel was upgraded from to With
| this upgrade to patchlevel .3 the "early oops"(freeing smp...) has gone.
| My virtual machines boots always fine with this, and i have one
| confirmation from a user about this.
| Kernel upgrade does not solve the kernel panic during work with the VM,
| when there is heavy disk IO. I test and could reproduce this by untar 2
| big files in seperate dirs: bsdtar -x -f VirtualBox-1.6.2-OSE.tar.bz2.
| Doing this simultan crashed the VM always.
| SreenShot:
| This heavy IO oops does not occur under when using the
| "3-changes-patch" against alternatives.c, which we have tested in the
| other mails. There must be something irq related which fix this
| 3-changes-patch, and what was not fixed in
| On the other hand: I never have stressed a VM like this before
| researching for this problem. So it could also be that the heavy-IO
| problem way a total seperate problem from that we're talking about here.
| Doing my "normal" work now in VM (it's my devel VM for compiling and
| testing), until now i don't have had this IO oops.

Mandriva kernel was based at the time I started testing
this and all my last tests have been done on 2.6.27-rc4. I think it's
very unusual to have a change in a -stable kernel not present in the
latest -rc.

Also note that CPU settings in the VM has a big influency in the
problem, so I'm pretty sure doesn't fix the problem.

Luiz Fernando N. Capitulino

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