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Bug 206757 - kernel-pae fails to boot: request_module: runaway loop modprobe binfmt-0000
kernel-pae fails to boot: request_module: runaway loop modprobe binfmt-0000
Product: Fedora
Classification: Fedora
Component: kernel (Show other bugs)
i386 Linux
medium Severity high
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Assigned To: Kernel Maintainer List
Brian Brock
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Blocks: 207254
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Reported: 2006-09-16 04:04 EDT by Daniel Tschan
Modified: 2008-08-02 19:40 EDT (History)
3 users (show)

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Last Closed: 2008-01-07 19:13:10 EST
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Kernel and lspci -vv output (31.10 KB, text/plain)
2006-09-16 04:04 EDT, Daniel Tschan
no flags Details
kernel-PAE-2.6.18-1.2798.fc6.i686 failing to execute /init (9.74 KB, text/plain)
2006-10-30 02:02 EST, Daniel Tschan
no flags Details

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Description Daniel Tschan 2006-09-16 04:04:01 EDT
Description of problem:
fc6test3 kernel with PAE support fails to boot with: request_module: runaway
loop modprobe binfmt-0000

Gigabyte GA-965P-DS3 mainboard with Intel P965, ICH8 (not ICH8R), JMicron JMB363
Intel Core 2 Duo E6600
4x 1GB DDR2-675
Software RAID 5 with 3x 250gb SATA2 disks
Gigabyte GV-NX76G256D-RH PCIe graphics card with nVidia GeForce 7600 GS

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

How reproducible:

Steps to Reproduce:
1. boot fc6test3 PAE kernel
Actual results:
boot fails with request_module: runaway loop modprobe binfmt-0000

Expected results:
boots successfully

Additional info:
Kernels without PAE support boot successfully
Attachment with complete kernel and lspci -vv output
Comment 1 Daniel Tschan 2006-09-16 04:04:02 EDT
Created attachment 136412 [details]
Kernel and lspci -vv output
Comment 2 Daniel Tschan 2006-09-20 04:52:39 EDT
2.6.17-1.2647.fc6PAE shows the same behaviour. 2.6.17-1.2647.fc6xen boots
despite PAE support, but is unstable. See bug #207254
Comment 3 Daniel Tschan 2006-09-22 13:56:22 EDT
Same for kernel-PAE-2.6.18-1.2689.fc6.
Comment 4 Eric Sandeen 2006-09-25 16:45:54 EDT
A similar report was traced to highmem problems in a scsi driver (a long time

Comment 5 Daniel Tschan 2006-10-30 01:59:33 EST
Problem is still present in kernel-PAE-2.6.18-1.2798.fc6.i686. This one panics
with "failed to execute /init", though. See new attachment.
The problem seems to be here:
Linux agpgart interface v0.101 (c) Dave Jones
agpgart: Detected an Intel 965G Chipset.
agpgart: AGP aperture is 256M @ 0x0

With agp=off everything works like a charm. Bug #207254 and bug #212342 seem to
be one and the same.
Comment 6 Daniel Tschan 2006-10-30 02:02:26 EST
Created attachment 139698 [details]
kernel-PAE-2.6.18-1.2798.fc6.i686 failing to execute /init
Comment 7 Jon Stanley 2007-12-30 20:41:05 EST

I'm reviewing this bug as part of the kernel bug triage project, an attempt to
isolate current bugs in the Fedora kernel.


I am CC'ing myself to this bug, however this version of Fedora is no longer

Please attempt to reproduce this bug with a current version of Fedora (presently
Fedora 8). If the bug no longer exists, please close the bug or I'll do so in a
few days if there is no further information lodged.

Thanks for using Fedora!
Comment 8 Jon Stanley 2008-01-07 19:13:10 EST
Closing per previous comment.  If you can provide the requested information,
please feel free to re-open this bug.

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