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Commit 78eef01b0fae087c5fadbd85dd4fe2918c3a015f (on_each_cpu(): disable

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Subject: Commit 78eef01b0fae087c5fadbd85dd4fe2918c3a015f (on_each_cpu(): disable local interrupts) Breaks SGI IP32
From: Kumba <>
Date: Sat, 27 May 2006 17:13:21 -0400
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Finally managed to track down the git commit causing SGI IP32 (O2) systems to lock up really early in the boot cycle, but I'm at a loss to understand why.

It appears the system silently hangs somewhere in the void between function calls when trying to invoke the memset() call in __alloc_bootmem_core() in mm/bootmem.c. This puts the machine hardware in a state such that a simple soft reset doesn't clear it -- the machine has to be cold booted to get it to boot a working kernel again.

Determined Cause:
It seems this commit:
        [PATCH] on_each_cpu(): disable local interrupts

Is the cause. I've verified this by reversing this one change on a 2.6.17-rc4 tree, and it'll boot to a mini-userland (initramfs-based) and appears to function normally.

But this is as far as I can trace this. I'm not sure what this change is doing internally that's triggering this lockup on O2 systems. It doesn't appear to affect Octane (IP30) systems or Origin (IP27). I haven't test-ran it on IP22/IP28 hardware yet, so only IP32 is known to be affected. Unsure about non-SGI MIPS hardware.



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