Bug 198518 - i386: vDSO unsupported, enabling it causes panic
i386: vDSO unsupported, enabling it causes panic
Product: Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4
Classification: Red Hat
Component: kernel (Show other bugs)
i386 Linux
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Assigned To: Jason Baron
Brian Brock
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Reported: 2006-07-11 12:14 EDT by John W. Lockhart
Modified: 2013-03-06 00:59 EST (History)
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Description John W. Lockhart 2006-07-11 12:14:07 EDT
Description of problem:
vDSO works on x86_64, but on i386, the kernel panics if you
try to enable the support.

Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):

How reproducible:
sysctl -w kernel.vdso=1

Steps to Reproduce:
1. sysctl -w kernel.vdso=1
2. or boot with "vdso=1" on the kernel boot line
Actual results:
panic.  traceback not currently available, but the feature
is not yet supported on i386; please update if you need
the full panic message.

Expected results:
vDSO support as seen in FC6.

Additional info:
Seen in testing binutils (2006:0489), which should now support vDSO
and does on x86_64.

Quick test to see if the feature is turned on is 
ldd /bin/true | grep linux-gate
Comment 1 Jason Baron 2006-10-25 16:06:11 EDT
this would require a fair amount of backports and testing...i'd suggest we close
this wouldn't fix for rhel4, unless there is a customer dying to have
this...John, why do you need this? for rhts testing?
Comment 2 John W. Lockhart 2006-10-25 16:19:19 EDT
Jason, I'm not necessarily the right person to ask for that :)

It's evidently used by binutils, and the binutils maintainer(s)
should best be able to explain what they're using it for.
I just ran across it while trying the features in a binutils
Comment 3 Jason Baron 2006-10-26 07:03:06 EDT
rhel4 binaries should continue to work properly without this kernel feature even
if they are not optimal...i'd suggest we close this wouldn't fix unless i'm
missing something.

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