Bug 447097 - warning in mtrr_trim_uncached_memory
warning in mtrr_trim_uncached_memory
Status: CLOSED CANTFIX
Product: Fedora
Classification: Fedora
Component: kernel (Show other bugs)
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Reported: 2008-05-17 17:26 EDT by Jon Stanley
Modified: 2008-05-19 00:51 EDT (History)
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Last Closed: 2008-05-17 17:38:55 EDT
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Description Jon Stanley 2008-05-17 17:26:30 EDT
I've been having this for the entire cycle of F9, and it's present in rawhide as
well.  On a VMWare VM, there's always an early warning, which I assume is a
buggy emulated BIOS, but I'm not sure:

WARNING: strange, CPU MTRRs all blank?
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WARNING: at arch/x86/kernel/cpu/mtrr/main.c:696
mtrr_trim_uncached_memory+0x190/0x195() (Not tainted)
Modules linked in:
Pid: 0, comm: swapper Not tainted 2.6.25.2-5.fc10.i686 #1
 [<c04279c5>] warn_on_slowpath+0x47/0x73
 [<c04f4d58>] ? vsnprintf+0x3e7/0x420
 [<c062bc01>] ? _spin_unlock_irqrestore+0x10/0x14
 [<c0427e89>] ? release_console_sem+0x195/0x19d
 [<c0428370>] ? vprintk+0x301/0x330
 [<c0428370>] ? vprintk+0x301/0x330
 [<c074f94e>] ? do_early_param+0x30/0x6f
 [<c0757e26>] mtrr_trim_uncached_memory+0x190/0x195
 [<c0755d5b>] setup_arch+0x27b/0x449
 [<c074f63f>] start_kernel+0x66/0x345
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Comment 1 Dave Jones 2008-05-17 17:38:55 EDT
This spectacular display of fail is VMWares bug..

It should either a) not advertise MTRR support or b) set at least one MTRR to
cover the main memory as write-back.
Comment 2 Chuck Ebbert 2008-05-19 00:51:14 EDT
Eh, our own VM solution does the same exact thing (no MTRRs) and we work around
it by not emitting the error message. The real solution is to just punt the
error message completely.

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