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SubjectRe: Linux 3.3-rc4
On Fri, Feb 24, 2012 at 2:39 AM, Jiri Kosina <> wrote:
> I just got the BUG below (with g45196ce being the topmost commit).
> It happened when trying to start 'gwenview', but I am not able to
> reproduce it again. Adding a few people to CC just in case someone
> immediately sees what might be the problem.

Hmm. That is the code that increments the file counter, afaik:

0: 48 81 63 30 ff df ff ff andq $0xffffffffffffdfff,0x30(%rbx)
8: 48 c7 43 20 00 00 00 00 movq $0x0,0x20(%rbx)
10: 48 c7 43 18 00 00 00 00 movq $0x0,0x18(%rbx)
18: 48 85 d2 test %rdx,%rdx
1b: 74 4f je 0x6c
1d: 48 8b 42 18 mov 0x18(%rdx),%rax
21: 4c 8b a2 30 01 00 00 mov 0x130(%rdx),%r12
28:* 48 8b 40 30 mov 0x30(%rax),%rax <--
trapping instruction
2c: f0 48 ff 42 68 lock incq 0x68(%rdx)
31: f6 43 31 08 testb $0x8,0x31(%rbx)
35: 74 07 je 0x3e

and that preceding test is testing for a NULL "file", and then the

mov 0x18(%rdx),%rax

is "dentry = file->f_path.dentry", while the trapping "mov
0x30(%rax),%rax" is the continuation of that: "dentry->d_inode" (and
the "lock incq" is the get_file() - it's incrementing the file
counter). That "mov 0x130(%rdx),%r12" in between is doing "mapping =

So dentry seems to be NULL for you.

> The machine has gone through several suspend-resume cycles before this
> happened, so it might well also be some memory corruption caused by a
> random driver.

I almost think it is, because "file->dentry" should never be NULL in a
mapping afaik. Especially as your "mapping" certainly isn't NULL (it's
in %r12, so you can see it in your register dump).

This isn't some unusual code sequence either, so I don't see it as
some random latent bug that is just very unlikely and hard to trigger
in that code itself.

I'll think about it, but my first reaction is "memory corruption". Do
you think you could try to run with a kernel that has SLAB debugging
and poisoning on? If it's a stale pointer dereference that has cleared
that dentry, that _might_ show it closer to the actual bug (rather
than a long time later when the NULL dereference happens).


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