Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 442949
F-9 xen pv_ops : unimplemented failsafe_callback() called while running prelink
Last modified: 2009-12-14 15:37:10 EST
Description of problem:
Oops observed on rawhide running 2.6.25-1.fc9.x86_64.xen:
Kernel BUG at ffffffff80465fc0 [verbose debug info unavailable]
invalid opcode: 0000 
Pid: 3699, comm: prelink Not tainted 2.6.25-1.fc9.x86_64.xen #1
RIP: e030:[<ffffffff80465fc0>] [<ffffffff80465fc0>] xen_failsafe_callback+0x0/0x10
RSP: e02b:ffff88001459be00 EFLAGS: 00010002
and no backtrace was observed. (Backtrace was obtained for a second oops
shortly afterwards.) Full dmesg to be attached.
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
Unknown: only observed once so far.
Steps to Reproduce:
Unknown: was observed during automatic daily background prelink.
Created attachment 302798 [details]
dmesg log of oopses
So, here's our invalid opcode:
/*FIXME: implement me! */
Next thing, of course, is to find out what's going wrong that the failsafe
callback is invoked.
(Note: "invalid opcode" is generally just a BUG(), which is implemented using
ud2 ... that caught me out before. Interesting that report_bug() continues to
claim that it's a BUG() even if it can't find IP in the bug table, like in this
Seems to be reproducible: running /etc/cron.daily/prelink manually just resulted
in the same error within under a minute for me.
(Removing from F9Blocker again - this isn't reproducible for me on a fresh
install and it doesn't cause problems during installation. At this point it
doesn't look like it would warrant holding up the release)
It seems to happen every time for me, at least if I force the prelink with
I also noticed that the prelink job itself errors out with:
/etc/cron.daily/prelink: line 47: 2738 Segmentation fault
/usr/sbin/prelink -av $PRELINK_OPTS >> /var/log/prelink/prelink.log 2>&1
/usr/bin/ldd: line 161: /lib/ld-linux.so.2: cannot execute binary file
where /lib/ld-linux.so.2 is the old 32-bit glibc. Did you have this installed
on your test-case install that completed prelink without error?
(In reply to comment #5)
> It seems to happen every time for me, at least if I force the prelink with
> touch /var/lib/misc/prelink.force
Yeah, had tried that and variations of e.g. "prelink -au" followed by "prelink -avf"
> I also noticed that the prelink job itself errors out with:
> /etc/cron.daily/prelink: line 47: 2738 Segmentation fault
> /usr/sbin/prelink -av $PRELINK_OPTS >> /var/log/prelink/prelink.log 2>&1
> /usr/bin/ldd: line 161: /lib/ld-linux.so.2: cannot execute binary file
> where /lib/ld-linux.so.2 is the old 32-bit glibc. Did you have this installed
> on your test-case install that completed prelink without error?
Yep, have that.
I couldn't reproduce it here, either. Maybe running it with 'kstack=64' on the
kernel command-line could reveal other useful kernel addresses on the stack.
'kstack=64' makes no difference.
(In reply to comment #8)
> 'kstack=64' makes no difference.
Hasn't it shown more data after the "Stack:" line on the oops?
'rpm -qa' output may help me to reproduce the bug. I bet there is an specific
file that triggers the bug when loaded by the prelink script, so maybe having
the exact set of packages installed will make the bug reproducible.
Created attachment 303656 [details]
clear %fs when loading new TLS descriptors (1/2)
__switch_to() is on the backtrace before failsafe_callback(). Probably it is
being triggered when returing from a hypercall at
The two attached patches were an attempt to fix this, but I haven't tested them
enough to make sure they are correct.
Created attachment 303657 [details]
clear %fs when loading new TLS descriptors (2/2)
Here's where this shows up on kerneloops.org:
Should be fixed with kernel-xen-2.6.25-4.fc9 and kernel-xen-184.108.40.206-2.fc10
* Sun May 11 2008 Mark McLoughlin <email@example.com>
- Fix oops during prelink (ehabkost, #442949)
kernel-xen-2.6-2.6.25-4.fc9 has been submitted as an update for Fedora 9