[FYI] linux 2.6 still not working with PReP (ppc32)

Christian Kujau evil at g-house.de
Sun Dec 5 09:45:06 EST 2004

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upon receiving some calls about the status on this issue, i decided to
update http://bugme.osdl.org/show_bug.cgi?id=1494 , which i reported a
while back. yes, this is "just a PReP" and i am fully aware that PReP is
not used in recent setups any more and i too will not my PReP for HPC
applications. but perhaps someone has an idea about what's goin on here.

the bugreport should give you th full details, in short: linux 2.5.30 is
the last working kernel for ppc32/PReP with networking enabled.
(net)booting a recent 2.6 kernels spit out lots of these:

(with tulip NIC)
Dec  3 23:56:39 irq 9: nobody cared!
Dec  3 23:56:39 Call trace:
Dec  3 23:56:39 [c002e99c] __report_bad_irq+0x34/0xac
Dec  3 23:56:39 [c002eb00] note_interrupt+0xd0/0x104
Dec  3 23:56:39 [c002e480] __do_IRQ+0x174/0x184
Dec  3 23:56:39 [c00053e0] do_IRQ+0x38/0x98
Dec  3 23:56:39 [c00044cc] ret_from_except+0x0/0x14
Dec  3 23:56:39 [c002e748] setup_irq+0xd8/0x138
Dec  3 23:56:39 [c002e938] request_irq+0x90/0xc0
Dec  3 23:56:39 [c0103504] tulip_open+0x30/0xb6c
Dec  3 23:56:39 [c0117274] dev_open+0xb0/0xd8
Dec  3 23:56:39 [c0118a7c] dev_change_flags+0x6c/0x144
Dec  3 23:56:39 [c0123db4] netpoll_setup+0x1c4/0x364
Dec  3 23:56:39 [c0106fe0] init_netconsole+0x3c/0x94
Dec  3 23:56:39 [c0003a64] init+0xb8/0x230
Dec  3 23:56:39 [c0006524] kernel_thread+0x44/0x60
Dec  3 23:56:39 handlers:
Dec  3 23:56:39 [<c010101c>] (tulip_interrupt+0x0/0xd3c)
Dec  3 23:56:39 Disabling IRQ #9

(with 3c59x NIC) NETDEV WATCHDOG: eth0: transmit timed out eth0: transmit timed out, tx_status 00 status e800. diagnostics: net 0cc0 media 8802 dma 002000b3 fifo 0000 eth0: Interrupt posted but not delivered -- IRQ blocked by
another device? Flags; bus-master 1, dirty 67(3) current 68(4) Transmit list 806fe480 vs. c06fe3e0. 0: @c06fe200  length 80000054 status 00000054 1: @c06fe2a0  length 8000005e status 0000005e 2: @c06fe340  length 80000064 status 00000064 3: @c06fe3e0  length 80000075 status 00000075 4: @c06fe480  length 8000005b status 0000005b 5: @c06fe520  length 80000051 status 00000051 6: @c06fe5c0  length 8000005a status 0000005a 7: @c06fe660  length 8000005a status 0000005a 8: @c06fe700  length 8000005a status 0000005a 9: @c06fe7a0  length 8000005a status 0000005a 10: @c06fe840  length 8000005a status 0000005a 11: @c06fe8e0  length 8000005a status 0000005a 12: @c06fe980  length 8000005a status 0000005a 13: @c06fea20  length 8000005a status 0000005a 14: @c06feac0  length 8000005a status 0000005a 13: @c06fea20  length 8000005a status 0000005a 14: @c06feac0  length 8000005a status 0000005a 15: @c06feb60  length 8000005a status 0000005a

is it possible to use another irq for the network-device driver?
Documentation/kernel-parameters.txt gives some options about other
drivers, but i can't tell how to specify "use this irq" for tulip/3c59x.

especially the "IRQ blocked by another device?" message makes me think,
that manual irq config could help here. but maybe i'm wrong.

the results posted on http://nerdbynature.de/bits/sheep/2.6.10-rc2/ are
from current 2.6 kernels: the offical tree and the linuxppc25 tree was used.

thank you for comments,
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