Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 114299
Segfault in /sbin/loader
Last modified: 2007-11-30 17:10:35 EST
Description of problem:
Trying to install FC2-re0123.1 on a Dell Inspiron 3500 with 'ks vnc'
or 'ks text' gives this:
install exited abnormally -- received signal 11
Also happens with rawhide-20040126.
Still happens in FC2-re0126.0 (anaconda 9.90-2).
It's happenening in probeDevices.
In fact it's happening inside strdup. :-(
Removing all device entries in /etc/pcmcia/config except for the
Xircom CE3 network card it needs to install from gets it past the
Can you attach the /etc/pcmcia/config?
It's the one from the boot.iso initrd. Or do you mean the edited-down
one? I found that it still crashes if I remove all but one of the
(for me) unneeded entries, it just crashes in a different place.
Whatever one makes it crash. :)
It crashes without any modifications from the initrd in boot.iso.
OK, running kudzu -p -b pcmcia doesn't segfault for me, and neither
does a test program linked against the diet stack.
How about with a PCMCIA network device plugged in? If I pull mine out
it doesn't segfault, but I can't get much further in the install that
16-bit pcmcia, I'm assuming. Damn, should have waited to read this
before going home without one. :)
It's this one:
$ grep CE3 /etc/pcmcia/config
card "Xircom CE3-10/100 Fast Ethernet"
version "Xircom", "*", "CE3-10/100"
Still happens with rawhide-20040210.
Apparently also happens with an Intel Pro 10/100 pcmcia network card.
Yeah, probably happens with anything PCMCIA. Only happens in the
loader, could be diet related.
On my Dell Inspiron 4150 with a builtin/internal PCMCIA wireless nic
as soon as I choose "English" I get a sig 11.
Is this the same bug?
FYI - tried to do a clean install of FC2T1 on my Gateway M500 laptop
however when the installation got to the point where it runs
'/sbin/loader' a signal 11 error was produced. I then tried to
install again using 'linux apm=off acpi=off pci=noacpi' with the same
It also happens on a Dell C640, but not a Dell D600. However this
isn't after "Choose English," but rather right after mediacheck --
regardless of if the mediacheck is done or skipped, the next thing you
get is a signal 11.
*** Bug 115956 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***
Differences between the symptons I've observed and those in this bug
and in 115956:
- this bug says problem happens with "ks text" or "ks vnc" I observe
this happening all the time, regardless of boot options
- 115956 reports this happens after "probing USB devices." I observe
it happens right after the end of mediacheck.
Bug #115605 seems to be a duplicate of this bug.
I have the same symptoms on my Dell Inspiron 8200. It occurs directly
after the media check screen on an installation cd bootup and directly
after the language selection on the boot.iso
Aaron: This happens for me without 'ks' too, the same as you.
The nature of this bug is that at some stage, yet unknown, the heap is
upset -- this is the bug. Then at a later time, the symptom
(segfault) is seen.
It could be a memory scribble, or it could be an incorrectly-freed
object. But whatever it is occurs some time before the segfault
happens. (Just by adding some printfs to the code I was able to make
the segfault happen in an entirely different place.)
*** Bug 115605 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***
Seing the same thing as mentioned in comment #16 - when booting Dell
Lattitude C640 (with builtin PCMCIA NIC) from the PXEboot
vmlinuz/initrd (from Feb 17th Raw Hide), I get the "signal 11" message
right after I select the language (does not matter whather I select
"English" or "Russian").
P.S. I am bumping the severity level since this bug makes it
impossible to install.
Re: comment #25
If I boot with the "nopcmcia" option, it does not crash (but then
network does not work :-( ).
Using noprobe lets you continue with the install. I had to setup the network card later, but
With the "noprobe" option I arrive at the following screen:
> You have multiple network devices on this system.
> Which would you like to install through?
> eth - 3Com Corporation|3c905C-TX/TX-M [Tornado]
> eth - Intersil PRISM2 11 Mbps Wireless Adepter
Note that there is no number after either "eth"! (BTW, is this a
separate bug, or another manifistation of this one?) Selecting either
of the two results in "* pump told us: SIOCSIFADDR: No such device"
being printed on the 3rd v.console and it still does not work :-(
I tried linking an /sbin/loader with glibc rather than dietlibc, and
getting its main() to setenv("MALLOC_CHECK_","1",1) first thing. No
change at all. I'd been hoping for a diagnostic message from malloc().
Yes, when I tested, it only seems to happen in conjunction with diet.
Created attachment 98048 [details]
FWIW (probably not much), I tried using mtrace() to investigate this problem
further. The resulting trace didn't say much interesting. But /sbin/loader
crashes much much earlier with this patch -- 'looking for usb controllers' is
the last message on VT3.
Fixed in CVS.
Running Dell inspiron 8100, had same error, looked at cnt+alt+4 and
saw that it was trying to load the wireless drivers for my orinoco
wifi card. removed card from pcmcia, and installer moves past and
starts graphical install.
Simeon: er, which version? This has been fixed for a while. I also
have one of these cards and it works fine for me with current rawhide.
Probably something that will be fixed in test 2.
Same problem with FC3 test2 (FC3-test2-i386-DVD.iso). I do not have
the problem with FC2, so I don't know if this is exactly the same
as above. The system prints out:
install exited abnormally -- received signal 11
I tried some combinations of noprobe, nopcmcia, nousbstorage, but
cannot get it to install. Removing pcmcia cards does not help
either. Install is from a hard drive, and the md5sum checks good,
so I don't think it's a media issue.
System is a Dell Latitude CS laptop.
Let me know if you want additional tests/info.
Please ignore the last comment (additional comment #35).
While the symptoms were the same, the actual cause was code
added after the previous comment (#34) date. The new bug
is fixed and identified as bug #133996.
I have a problem with this bug. I am not trying to install the "test"
version. and useing CDs instead of DVD. I have tried noprobe and
nopcmcia with no luck. What happens is, I get select lang, then
keyboard. fine so far. Then it is select install location. I select
"local CDROM" (I should point out that this I get this far if I wait
for about 2 minutes on the "running /sbin/loader" hangup). after
selecting that I get a blue screen, see some text fly by and Call
Trace: is where it would "seem" the problem is. This is what I see.
Code: 00 00 89 44 24 04 b8 02 00 00 00 e8 d1 19 00 00 58 8b 04 24 85
c0 74 05 e8
7b fc ff ff 58 c3 ff 75 24 04 e8 7c ff ff ff 89 c2 58 <8b> 02 a8 01 75
09 89 d0
e8 a7 fd ff ff 89 c2 89 d0 c3 53 31 db
install exited abnormally -- recieved signal 11
I should point out that [<c030007b>] is not the first line I see on
there is about 12 before it.
And I am trying to install on a Dell CPi
Mass-closing lots of old bugs which are in MODIFIED (and thus presumed to be
fixed). If any of these are still a problem, please reopen or file a new bug
against the release which they're occurring in so they can be properly tracked.