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Subjectbug: kernel 3.0-rc3 not relocatable on i386?
Hi all,

it seems that the 3.0-rc3 kernel is not relocatable on i386. I get
warnings about jiffies being an absolute symbol, and indeed, when GRUB
loads the kernel at a non-default address, jiffies is not relocated.

In my example the kernel is configured with
and loaded at 0x200000 by GRUB.

Booting fails when checking whether the timer works, because do_timer()
increments jiffies_64, but timer_irq_works() checks jiffies. The code
looks like this:

c13daab7: 8b 3d 40 7a 39 c1 mov 0xc1397a40,%edi

but arch/x86/boot/compressed/vmlinux.relocs does not contain c13daaba.
Consequently, timer_irq_works() reads the wrong memory location and
fails, causing a panic:

kernel panic: IO-APIC + timer doesn't work! Boot with apic=debug and
send a report. Then try booting with the 'noapic' option.

Needless to say, the kernel freezes a few initcalls later when booted
with noapic, because IO-APIC worked fine, in fact. I verified that by
inserting a debugging printk() in do_timer(), and I also verified with
that printk() that the address of jiffies_64 and the address of jiffies
differ at run time.

Any idea how to fix this?

Petr Tesarik

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