Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 207254
Bug message on boot, freeze or crash on load
Last modified: 2009-12-14 15:39:52 EST
Description of problem:
kernel-xen-2.6.17-1.2647.fc6 issues the following bug report when booting:
BUG: warning at kernel/lockdep.c:1814/trace_hardirqs_on() (Not tainted)
DWARF2 unwinder stuck at restore_all+0x37/0x3a
Leftover inexact backtrace:
And either freezes or crashes when the system is loaded:
BUG: unable to handle kernel paging request at virtual address 6f6c6700
294d9000 -> *pde = 00000000:c674d001
2714d000 -> *pme = 00000000:00000000
Oops: 0000 [#1]
last sysfs file: /devices/system/cpu/cpu1/cpufreq/scaling_setspeed
Please see attachment for complete backtrace!
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
LG GSA-H10N IDE DVD writer connected to JMB363
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
Steps to Reproduce:
1. Boot kernel-xen-2.6.17-1.2647.fc6
2. Execute rpm -Va to generate CPU and disk load
System either freezes completely or crashes
System runs stable on high loads
Attachment with complete kernel and lspci -vv output
Created attachment 136715 [details]
Complete kernel and lspci -vv output
Hmm, the oops here is not obviously related to xen. Does the non-xen
2.6.17-1.2647.fc6 kernel run reliably for you? Does the crash always look the
same or is the backtrace different each time?
2.6.17-1.2647.fc6 didn't show any of these symptoms so far, neither the message
on boot nor a freeze or crash. The PAE kernels however do not boot. See bug
#206757. So the problem may be related to PAE. The backtrace is different each time.
Could you please supply several example backtraces? Without that it's
impossible to look for any sort of pattern here. Thanks!
Created attachment 136764 [details]
5 additional kernel backtraces
Sure. I attached 5 additional backtraces. During the 5 crashes I observed 2
freezes. But I just remembered now that I might be able to get info out of
these with magic sysrq. Please tell me if that would be useful or if you need
Hmm, it definitely does look like it could be related to the PAE problem ---
kernel-xen is built with PAE enabled by default, but it uses highmem (ie. >4GB)
memory in different ways due to the way the hypervisor parcels memory out to the
If PAE is not working, then the -xen kernel is unlikely to do any better,
although it may fail in different ways. We'd really need to get the underlying
PAE problem fixed in order to be able to test the -xen case.
The problem is still present in kernel-xen-2.6.18-1.2798.fc6.i686 but cannot be
reproduced that easily any more. It seems to be caused by the wrong
initialization of the agpgart. Please see new comments of bug #206757 .
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Please re-test against Fedora 7 or later, and if the issue persists, open a new bug.