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SubjectRe: [BISECTED] 3.19-rc1 regression - kernel does not load in GRUB 0.97 (GRUB Legacy)
On 12/28/2014 08:20 AM, Пламен Петров wrote:
>> -----Original Message-----
>> From: Juergen Gross [mailto:jgross@suse.com]
>> Sent: Saturday, December 27, 2014 3:48 PM
>> To: Пламен Петров; linux-kernel@vger.kernel.org
>> Cc: 'Thomas Gleixner'
>> Subject: Re: [BISECTED] 3.19-rc1 regression - kernel does not load in GRUB
>> 0.97 (GRUB Legacy)
>>
>> On 12/24/2014 01:28 AM, Пламен Петров wrote:
>>> Hello!
>>>
>>> I use GRUB Legacy bootloader (version 0.97) on a couple machines, and
>>> where 3.18.x loads fine, 3.19-rc1 does not.
>>>
>>> While compiling I used the attached .config file accompanied by "make
>>> olddefconfig"
>>
>> Can you tell me something about the hardware (processor model)?
>> You are not booting the system under VMWare by any chance?
>
> As a matter of fact - I am compiling in a VMware Player (6.0.3
> build-1895310) virtual machine, boot testing there, and then if everything
> is OK, I transfer the monolithic kernel produced on 3 virtual machines that
> run on EXSi and 2 actual servers. So along those lines - the failing
> 3.19-rc1 never saw actual hardware - it was all tested (and bisected) inside
> a VM.

Thanks. VMWare having problems with my patch is a known issue. I've
already sent a patch working around that issue (VMWare has a bug
emulating the PAT MSR). You can either use that patch (attached for
your convenience) or use the "nopat" option.


Juergen

From 4b65fb80338c71673cabfa9fa9b0f80f5a4bc320 Mon Sep 17 00:00:00 2001
From: Juergen Gross <jgross@suse.com>
Date: Tue, 16 Dec 2014 07:43:51 +0100
Subject: [PATCH] x86: don't rely on VMWare emulating PAT MSR correctly

VMWare seems not to emulate the PAT MSR correctly: reaeding
MSR_IA32_CR_PAT returns 0 even after writing another value to it.

Detect this bug and don't use the read value if it is 0.

Commit bd809af16e3ab1f8d55b3e2928c47c67e2a865d2 ("x86: Enable PAT to
use cache mode translation tables") triggers this VMWare bug when the
kernel is booted as a VMWare guest.

Reported-by: Jongman Heo <jongman.heo@samsung.com>
Signed-off-by: Juergen Gross <jgross@suse.com>
Tested-by: Jongman Heo <jongman.heo@samsung.com>
---
arch/x86/mm/pat.c | 7 ++++++-
1 file changed, 6 insertions(+), 1 deletion(-)

diff --git a/arch/x86/mm/pat.c b/arch/x86/mm/pat.c
index edf299c..7ac6869 100644
--- a/arch/x86/mm/pat.c
+++ b/arch/x86/mm/pat.c
@@ -234,8 +234,13 @@ void pat_init(void)
PAT(4, WB) | PAT(5, WC) | PAT(6, UC_MINUS) | PAT(7, UC);

/* Boot CPU check */
- if (!boot_pat_state)
+ if (!boot_pat_state) {
rdmsrl(MSR_IA32_CR_PAT, boot_pat_state);
+ if (!boot_pat_state) {
+ pat_disable("PAT read returns always zero, disabled.");
+ return;
+ }
+ }

wrmsrl(MSR_IA32_CR_PAT, pat);

--
2.1.2
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