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SubjectRe: powerpc64 kernel panic if you disable CONFIG_PPC_TRANSACTIONAL_MEM?
Rob Landley <> writes:

> I just added a ppc64 target to which
> means I built 4.14 with the attached miniconfig and ran it with the
> attached qemu command line, and it works fine as is but if you remove
> the transactional mem line from the config the kernel panics instead
> of launching a shell prompt:
> init[1]: unhandled signal 4 at 0000000010001a04 nip 0000000010001a04
> lr 000000001002ebe8 code 1
> Kernel panic - not syncing: Attempted to kill init! exitcode=0x00000004
> CPU: 0 PID: 1 Comm: init Not tainted 4.14.0 #1
> Call Trace:
> [c00000000e02fa40] [c0000000004ba730] dump_stack+0xb0/0xf0 (unreliable)
> [c00000000e02fa80] [c0000000000602a0] panic+0x138/0x2f8
> [c00000000e02fb20] [c00000000006541c] do_exit+0xa9c/0xaa0
> [c00000000e02fbe0] [c0000000000654d8] do_group_exit+0x58/0xf0
> [c00000000e02fc20] [c000000000073274] get_signal+0x1c4/0x6b0
> [c00000000e02fd10] [c0000000000142a0] do_signal+0x60/0x290
> [c00000000e02fe00] [c00000000001461c] do_notify_resume+0x8c/0xd0
> [c00000000e02fe30] [c00000000000b630] ret_from_except_lite+0x5c/0x60
> Rebooting in 1 seconds..

I built it here and got:

init[1]: unhandled signal 4 at 00000000100f3eb4 nip 00000000100f3eb4 lr 00000000100d1e38 code 1

Which looking at objdump is:

00000000100f3eb0 <_savevr_30>:
100f3eb0: e0 ff 80 39 li r12,-32
100f3eb4: ce 01 cc 7f stvx v30,r12,r0

stvx is an ALTIVEC (vmx) instruction, so you need a kernel built with

When you turn on TRANSACTIONAL_MEM it selects ALTIVEC, so that's why
enabling that "fixes" it for you.

If you just add CONFIG_ALTIVEC=y it should work.


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