Re: Bug on 2.6.26 - x86 VIA Nehemiah CentaurHauls processor cannotboot

From: Jeff Garzik
Date: Tue Jul 22 2008 - 13:11:29 EST

Luis R. Rodriguez wrote:
On Mon, Jul 21, 2008 at 4:24 PM, H. Peter Anvin <hpa@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
Luis R. Rodriguez wrote:
On Mon, Jul 21, 2008 at 6:23 AM, H. Peter Anvin <hpa@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
Luis R. Rodriguez wrote:
This bug seems to be present since 2.6.22 [1], so hope we can get this
fixed ASAP. Let me know if you have patch suggestions I can test.

This crashes very early, I had to use earlyprintk to get it.

I've put extra spaces between the culprit.

c0387ac2: 0f 1f 40 00 nopl 0x0(%eax)

Sure enough, our old friend.

You have in your configuration:

# CONFIG_X86_GENERIC is not set

... so this is fully expected; CONFIG_M686 without CONFIG_X86_GENERIC is not
compatible with such processors.

Not a bug.

Thanks for taking a look at this. So well, it would be a
misconfiguration bug by the distribution then to try to support a
generic 686 kernel wihtout GENERIC then.

Well, it may be intentional -- some distros simply exclude support for the lower-volume VIA processors, since that might imply building their "generic 686 kernel" sans CMOV and some other instructions, and changing the compiler's instruction scheduling to something less optimal for the majority. :/


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