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SubjectRe: [PATCH] kunit: tool: Disable PAGE_POISONING under --alltests
On 2/9/21 8:10 AM, David Gow wrote:
> kunit_tool maintains a list of config options which are broken under
> UML, which we exclude from an otherwise 'make ARCH=um allyesconfig'
> build used to run all tests with the --alltests option.
> Something in UML allyesconfig is causing segfaults when page poisining
> is enabled (and is poisoning with a non-zero value). Previously, this
> didn't occur, as allyesconfig enabled the CONFIG_PAGE_POISONING_ZERO
> option, which worked around the problem by zeroing memory. This option
> has since been removed, and memory is now poisoned with 0xAA, which
> triggers segfaults in many different codepaths, preventing UML from
> booting.
> Note that we have to disable both CONFIG_PAGE_POISONING and
> CONFIG_DEBUG_PAGEALLOC, as the latter will 'select' the former on
> architectures (such as UML) which don't implement __kernel_map_pages().
> Ideally, we'd fix this properly by tracking down the real root cause,
> but since this is breaking KUnit's --alltests feature, it's worth
> disabling there in the meantime so the kernel can boot to the point
> where tests can actually run.

Agree on both arguments :)

> Fixes: f289041ed4 ("mm, page_poison: remove CONFIG_PAGE_POISONING_ZERO")
> Signed-off-by: David Gow <>

Acked-by: Vlastimil Babka <>


> Disabling PAGE_POISONING fixes this. The issue can't be repoduced with
> just PAGE_POISONING, there's clearly something (or several things) also
> enabled by allyesconfig which contribute. Ideally, we'd track these down
> and fix this at its root cause, but in the meantime it'd be nice to
> disable PAGE_POISONING so we can at least get the kernel to boot. One
> way would be to add a 'depends on !UML' or similar, but since
> PAGE_POISONING does seem to work in the non-allyesconfig case, adding it
> to our list of broken configs seemed the better choice.
> Thoughts?

Agreed that it's better to use kunit-specific config file instead of introducing
such workaround dependencies in Kconfig proper.

> (Note that to reproduce this, you'll want to run
> ./tools/testing/kunit/ run --alltests --raw_output
> It also depends on a couple of other fixes which are not upstream yet:
> Cheers,
> -- David
> tools/testing/kunit/configs/broken_on_uml.config | 2 ++
> 1 file changed, 2 insertions(+)
> diff --git a/tools/testing/kunit/configs/broken_on_uml.config b/tools/testing/kunit/configs/broken_on_uml.config
> index a7f0603d33f6..690870043ac0 100644
> --- a/tools/testing/kunit/configs/broken_on_uml.config
> +++ b/tools/testing/kunit/configs/broken_on_uml.config
> @@ -40,3 +40,5 @@
> # CONFIG_RESET_INTEL_GW is not set
> # CONFIG_ADI_AXI_ADC is not set

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