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SubjectRe: [PATCH] mm: fix possible cause of a page_mapped BUG
On Sat, Apr 2, 2011 at 00:35, Linus Torvalds
<torvalds@linux-foundation.org> wrote:
> On Fri, Apr 1, 2011 at 9:21 AM, Robert Święcki <robert@swiecki.net> wrote:
>>
>> Is it possible to turn it off via config flags? Looking into
>> arch/x86/include/asm/bug.h it seems it's unconditional (as in "it
>> always manifests itself somehow") and I have
>> CONFIG_DEBUG_BUGVERBOSE=y.
>
> Ok, if you have CONFIG_DEBUG_BUGVERBOSE then, you do have the bug-table.
>
> Maybe it's just kdb that is broken, and doesn't print it. I wouldn't
> be surprised. It's not the first time I've seen debugging features
> that just make debugging a mess.
>
>> Anything that could help you debugging this? Uploading kernel image
>> (unfortunately I've overwritten this one), dumping more kgdb data?
>
> So in this case kgdb just dropped the most important data on the floor.
>
> But if you have kdb active next time, print out the vma/old contents
> in that function that has the BUG() in it.
>
>> I must admit I'm not up-to-date with current linux kernel debugging
>> techniques. The kernel config is here:
>> http://alt.swiecki.net/linux_kernel/ise-test-2.6.38-kernel-config.txt
>>
>> For now I'll compile with -O0 -fno-inline (are you sure you'd like -Os?)

Hi Robert,

I am not sure you can success with build trunk with -O0 -fno-inline.
I suggest you try the patch in
http://code.google.com/p/kgtp/downloads/detail?name=co.patch.
It add a option in "Kernel hacking" called "Compile with almost no
optimization". It will make kernel be built without -O2. It support
x86_32, x86_64 and arm.

PS, maybe you can try kgtp (https://code.google.com/p/kgtp/) debug your kernel.

Thanks,
Hui

>
> Oh, don't do that. -O0 makes the code totally unreadable (the compiler
> just does _stupid_ things, making the asm code look so horrible that
> you can't match it up against anything sane), and -fno-inline isn't
> worth the pain either.
>
> -Os is much better than those.
>
> But in this case, just getting the filename and line number would have
> made the thing moot anyway - without kdb it _should_ have said
> something clear like
>
>   kernel BUG at %s:%u!
>
> where %s:%u is the filename and line number.
>
>                          Linus
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