PS3 platform is broken on Linux 3.7.0

Phileas Fogg phileas-fogg at
Fri Dec 14 23:35:06 EST 2012


I wanted to bring to your attention the fact that the PS3 platform is broken on Linux 3.7.0.

i'm not able to boot Linux 3.7.0 on my PS3 slim. Linux 3.6.10 boots just fine but not 3.7.0
When i try to boot Linux 3.7.0 then my PS3  shuts down.

So i cloned the Linux powerpc GIT repository and tried to find out which commits broke the PS3 platform.
After some time I tracked it down to 2 commits:


commit 407821a34fce89b4f0b031dbab5cec7d059f46bc
Author: Michael Ellerman <michael at>
Date:   Fri Sep 7 15:31:44 2012 +0000

    powerpc: Initialise paca.data_offset with poison
    It's possible for the cpu_possible_mask to change between the time we
    initialise the pacas and the time we setup per_cpu areas.
    Obviously impossible cpus shouldn't ever be running, but stranger things
    have happened. So be paranoid and initialise data_offset with a poison
    value in case we don't set it up later.
    Based on a patch from Anton Blanchard.
    Signed-off-by: Michael Ellerman <michael at>
    Signed-off-by: Benjamin Herrenschmidt <benh at>


commit 048ee0993ec8360abb0b51bdf8f8721e9ed62ec4
Author: Aneesh Kumar K.V <aneesh.kumar at>
Date:   Mon Sep 10 02:52:55 2012 +0000

    powerpc/mm: Add 64TB support
    Increase max addressable range to 64TB. This is not tested on
    real hardware yet.
    Reviewed-by: Paul Mackerras <paulus at>
    Signed-off-by: Aneesh Kumar K.V <aneesh.kumar at>
    Signed-off-by: Benjamin Herrenschmidt <benh at>


The first commit causes my PS3 to shut down. If i revert it then i'm able to boot Linux 3.7.0 and even see some boot messages
on my screen. But then it hangs. The second commit is the reason for the hang as i figured it out.

I reverted both commits in current Linux 3.7.0 and was able to boot Linux 3.7.0 on my PS3 slim successfully.


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