mpc880 linux-2.6.32 slow running processes

michael michael at
Thu Jan 6 06:22:09 EST 2011


On 01/05/2011 07:35 PM, Wolfgang Denk wrote:
> Dear Rafael Beims,
> In message<AANLkTin5XTnDEu1BJUOeF0UWtfEpotW5Bq__i8g6U05h at>  you wrote:
>> I'm working with an MPC880 board that is supposed to run linux-2.6.32. After
>> some work, I could get the kernel up and running, mounting a rootfs via
>> NFS.
> 2.6.32 is pretty old.  Is there any specific reason for not using a
> recent kernel version?

I think that all the kernel version has the same problem

>> The problem that I'm facing now is that when I try to run any process (may
>> be an ls, cat, or whatever), the response of the process is *very* slow
>> (something like 10 to 20 seconds for a ls).
> This sounds as if only the output to the (serial ?) console port was
> slow - typically this happens when there is a problem with interrupt
> assignment, and you receive charatcers only after each of these times
> out.

It is not a serial/console/interrupt problem

>> My question to all is, did anyone see something like this already? Besides
> We have seen this many times in the past, when interrupts were not
> working correctly.  I recommend to check youyr device tree settings
> for these.
> [It would have helped if you had included a log of your kernel's boot
> messages.]
>> that, what is the status of the linux kernel support for the 8xx platform?
> It is working and actively maintained, but 8xx is a platform that is
> more or less hopelessly obsoleted - nobody uses it in new designs any
> more, so there is little work going on with it in recent kernel
> versions (at least compared with other architectures).

agree, this architecture is basically dead

>> Is it being actively tested / used today? I ask this because it seems that
> Yes, it is.
>> all the information on the internet very aged (forum discussions from 2005
>> and below mostly).
>> Is there something that I can do to try to narrow the cause of the problem?
> Check your interrupts.
> Best regards,
> Wolfgang Denk

Michael Trimarchi

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