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SubjectRe: v4.17 regression: PowerMac G3 won't boot, was Re: [PATCH v5 1/3] of: cache phandle nodes to reduce cost of of_find_node_by_phandle()
On Sun, Sep 09, 2018 at 07:04:25PM +0200, Benjamin Herrenschmidt wrote:
> On Fri, 2018-08-31 at 14:58 +1000, Benjamin Herrenschmidt wrote:
> >
> > > A long shot, but something to consider, is that I failed to cover the
> > > cases of dynamic devicetree updates (removing nodes that contain a
> > > phandle) in ways other than overlays. Michael Ellerman has reported
> > > such a problem for powerpc/mobility with of_detach_node(). A patch to
> > > fix that is one of the tasks I need to complete.
> >
> > The only thing I can think of is booting via the BootX bootloader on
> > those ancient macs results in a DT with no phandles. I didn't see an
> > obvious reason why that would cause that patch to break though.
> Guys, we still don't have a fix for this one on its way upstream...
> My test patch just creates phandle properties for all nodes, that was
> not intended as a fix, more a way to check if the problem was related
> to the lack of phandles.
> I don't actually know why the new code causes things to fail when
> phandles are absent. This needs to be looked at.
> I'm travelling at the moment and generally caught up with other things,
> I haven't had a chance to dig, so just a heads up. I don't intend to
> submit my patch since it's just a band aid. We need to figure out what
> the actual problem is.

Can you try this patch (w/o Ben's patch). I think the problem is if
there are no phandles, then roundup_pow_of_two is passed 0 which is
documented as undefined result.

Though, if a DT has no properties with phandles, then why are we doing a
lookup in the first place?


diff --git a/drivers/of/base.c b/drivers/of/base.c
index 9095b8290150..74eaedd5b860 100644
--- a/drivers/of/base.c
+++ b/drivers/of/base.c
@@ -140,6 +140,9 @@ void of_populate_phandle_cache(void)
if (np->phandle && np->phandle != OF_PHANDLE_ILLEGAL)

+ if (!phandles)
+ goto out;
cache_entries = roundup_pow_of_two(phandles);
phandle_cache_mask = cache_entries - 1;

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