Question regarding the DTLB Miss exceptions

Michael Ellerman michael at
Thu Apr 8 23:59:30 EST 2010

On Mon, 2010-03-29 at 23:24 -0700, Bruce_Leonard at wrote: 
> I'm tracking a problem that's leading me through DSI and DTLB miss 
> exceptions on an MPC8347 (e300c1 core), and I've come across an oddity 
> that I'm hoping someone can explain.
> When a DTLB Miss exception can't find a PTE for the virtual address being 
> written/read, it dummies up the SPRs for a DSI exception and then calls 
> directly into the DSI exception code.  Just before the DTLB miss code 
> stores a value into DSISR it sets bit 2, which for a DSI exception is a 
> reserved bit and should be cleared.  There's no comment on the code 
> (.../arch/powerpc/kernel/head_32.S line 619 of the 2.6.33-rc1 kernel). Can 
> anyone tell me why this bit is getting set?

You mean:

616 DataAddressInvalid:
 617         mfspr   r3,SPRN_SRR1
 618         rlwinm  r1,r3,9,6,6     /* Get load/store bit */
 619         addis   r1,r1,0x2000                                               
 620         mtspr   SPRN_DSISR,r1

Is it trying to set DSISR_ISSTORE?

#define   DSISR_ISSTORE         0x02000000      /* access was a store */    

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