Description of problem:
I was trying to boot a 2.6.18-104 i386 kernel under and i386 HV, and it kept hanging during boot. I bisected it, and found out that it started happening in 2.6.18-98. Bisecting further, I found that this patch is the culprit:
[xen] PVFB probe & suspend fixes
Reverting that patch causes it to boot properly again. Interestingly enough, if I let the guest hang around long enough, it will eventually spew out some softlockup warnings, and even longer, will finally boot. The stack traces from the softlockups look like:
BUG: soft lockup - CPU#0 stuck for 10s! [swapper:0]
Pid: 0, comm: swapper
EIP: 0061:[<c055301b>] CPU: 0
EIP is at input_handler+0x39/0x13a
EFLAGS: 00000212 Not tainted (220.127.116.11 #6)
EAX: 003c4c47 EBX: c0edaba8 ECX: 00000033 EDX: 000007d0
ESI: ed7a2560 EDI: 0c033257 EBP: c0eda000 DS: 007b ES: 007b
CR0: 8005003b CR2: f5305000 CR3: 00f2c000 CR4: 00000660
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+ info->page = (void *)__get_free_page(GFP_KERNEL || __GFP_ZERO);
Oops. That probably wants to be (GFP_KERNEL | GFP_ZERO)
And that is the bug; using | instead of || makes it boot just fine on i386. We
also need to make sure this is not broken upstream.
Upstream is fine, both pvops and XS's 2.6.18.
You can download this test kernel from http://people.redhat.com/dzickus/el5
This bug has been marked for inclusion in the Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.3
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