Re: single bit flip detector.

From: Patrick McLean
Date: Wed Aug 02 2006 - 11:22:00 EST

Dave Jones wrote:
> On Tue, Aug 01, 2006 at 07:51:09PM -0400, Dave Jones wrote:
> > I'm going for the record of 'most times a patch gets submitted in one day'.
> > And to think we were complaining that patches don't get enough review ? :)
> > If every change had this much polish, we'd be awesome.
> Sigh. Spaces before printk. Whatever next.
> I am now officially bored of seeing this patch.
> Dave
> In case where we detect a single bit has been flipped, we spew
> the usual slab corruption message, which users instantly think
> is a kernel bug. In a lot of cases, single bit errors are
> down to bad memory, or other hardware failure.
> This patch adds an extra line to the slab debug messages
> in those cases, in the hope that users will try memtest before
> they report a bug.
> 000: 6b 6b 6b 6b 6a 6b 6b 6b 6b 6b 6b 6b 6b 6b 6b 6b
> Single bit error detected. Possibly bad RAM. Run memtest86.
> Signed-off-by: Dave Jones <davej@xxxxxxxxxx>
> + if (errors && !(errors & (errors-1))) {
> + printk(KERN_ERR "Single bit error detected. Probably bad RAM.\n");
> +#ifdef CONFIG_X86

#if defined(CONFIG_X86) || defined(CONFIG_X86_64)

memtest86+ runs fine on x86_64 machines as well.

> + printk(KERN_ERR "Run memtest86+ or a similar memory test tool.\n");
> +#else
> + printk(KERN_ERR "Run a memory test tool.\n");
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