pseries (power3) boot hang (pageblock_nr_pages==0)

Will Schmidt will_schmidt at
Thu Nov 22 08:55:11 EST 2007

Hi Folks, 

I've been seeing a boot hang/crash on power3 systems for a few weeks.
(hangs on a 270, drops to SP on a p610).   This afternoon I got around
to tracking it down to the changes in 

commit d9c2340052278d8eb2ffb16b0484f8f794def4de
    Do not depend on MAX_ORDER when grouping pages by mobility

cpu 0x0: Vector: 100 (System Reset) at [c00000006e803ae0]
    pc: c00000000009bf50: .setup_per_zone_pages_min+0x298/0x34c
    lr: c00000000009be38: .setup_per_zone_pages_min+0x180/0x34c
[c00000006e803e20] c0000000005e3898 .init_per_zone_pages_min+0x80/0xa0
[c00000006e803ea0] c0000000005c9c04 .kernel_init+0x214/0x3d8
[c00000006e803f90] c000000000026cac .kernel_thread+0x4c/0x68

I narrowed it down to the for loop within setup_zone_migrate_reserve(),
called by setup_per_zone_pages_min().   The loop spins forever due to
pageblock_nr_pages being 0.

I imagine this would be properly fixed with something similar to the
change for iSeries.   Depending on how obvious, quick and easy it is for
the experts to come up with a proper fix,  I'll be able to do additional
debug and hacking after turkey-day.   :-)
For the moment, I've hacked it with the following patch.   (tested on
both the 270 and the p610):

--- a/mm/page_alloc.c
+++ b/mm/page_alloc.c
@@ -2454,6 +2454,9 @@ static void setup_zone_migrate_reserve(struct zone
        reserve = roundup(zone->pages_min, pageblock_nr_pages) >>

+/* this is a cheap and dirty bailout, probally not a proper fix. */
+       if (pageblock_nr_pages==0) return;
        for (pfn = start_pfn; pfn < end_pfn; pfn += pageblock_nr_pages)
                if (!pfn_valid(pfn))

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