Highmem on PPC?

Val Henson val at nmt.edu
Sat Feb 9 04:36:00 EST 2002

On Tue, Feb 05, 2002 at 08:33:16PM +0100, Benjamin Herrenschmidt wrote:
> And let me know if you find something ;)

In my quest for a non-SCSI block device, I tried using loopback over
NFS. :) Okay, loopback doesn't normally work, and it's not surprising
that it doesn't work over NFS with highmem enabled.  If anyone is
interested, this script immediately crashes on the latest 2_4_devel,
only with NFS mounted root and with some memory in highmem:

dd if=/dev/zero of=file bs=1024 count=10000
losetup /dev/loop0 file
mke2fs /dev/loop0

Exception info and backtrace from xmon (I have sysmap included on

1:mon> e
cpu 1: vector: 300 at pc = c001239c (T memcpy+0x24), lr = c00d5b9c (t transfer_none+0x40)
msr = 9032, sp = df9fdf60 [df9fdeb0]
dar = 0, dsisr = 42000000
current = df9fc000, pid = 426, comm = loop0
1:mon> t
c00899e4 (t nfs_prepare_write+0x10)
c00d5e5c (t lo_send+0x13c)
c00d6278 (t do_bh_filebacked+0x98)
c00d6ba0 (t loop_thread+0x194)
c00076b8 (T kernel_thread+0x2c)

I suspect that nfs_prepare_write is not properly kmapping/kunmapping

If anyone else feels like fixing this, feel free... It's not high on
my list of priorities. :)


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