kevin diggs diggskevin38 at
Tue Jan 25 04:51:23 EST 2011


I've never done any real kernel debugging. Can anyone give any
pointers on how to do early boot debugging on an old world (buggy OF)
powermac? Can I do anything using a serial console?

A little reading last night suggested that spinlocks are supposed to
disappear for single processor machines. I do not understand why they
are present in 3.4.6 (at least the symbol anyway)? The 'acct_lock'
spin lock was also missing with gcc 4.2.4.


On Sat, Jan 22, 2011 at 12:24 PM, kevin diggs <diggskevin38 at> wrote:
> Hi,
> If I enable SMP then I can build a 2.6.28 kernel with gcc 4.3.5 that
> WILL boot on the PowerMac8600 (single 750GX). The previously mentioned
> G4 that runs is a dual cpu beast and thus also runs SMP.
> I at least know this (ok, I THINK I know):
> For non-SMP:  The spinlock 'acct_lock' in kernel/acct.c that IS
> present in 3.4.6 (i.e. kernel 2.6.28 compiled with gcc 3.4.6). Not so
> much for 4.3.5. I have not yet done a general 4.3.5 compiled 2.6.28
> spinlock safari.
> Don't some funky, optimizery things happen to spinlocks for the NON-smp case?
> I'll see what the 4.2.x gcc does.
> Thanks!
> kevin
> P.S.:  There is one other difference for the SMP 4.3.5 compiled
> 2.6.28:  my 750gx cpufreq driver gets disabled. It is fairly isolated
> code though. Should not be able to nuke the spinlock in kernel/acct.c
> On Fri, Jan 21, 2011 at 1:26 PM, kevin diggs <diggskevin38 at> wrote:
>> Hi,
>> Anyone familiar with BootX? Could my problems with the 8600 be related
>> to some interaction with BootX?
>> kevin

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