Errata 67/77 / walnut bugs (was: Re: Erratum 51 bugfix?)

Mark Hatle fray at
Sun Jul 21 01:14:26 EST 2002

The atonicity patches had not been submitted back to glibc due to there being
now way for me to show it was needed, and also that it ONLY affects the 405 CPU,
which isn't the main target of glibc.

We are currently working on revising our glibc patches to the current CVS
version, and if a new patch is required I'll make sure it gets posted here.  I
really don't know the best way to handle this in a community glibc/gcc realm.
I'd almost like to wait and see what the GCC maintainers response is.
Specifically how they are going to accept the patch.  Then we propose a similar
thing to the glibc folks, explain the problem and hope they accept the patch as
well.  The biggest problem of course is that if we enable this for all PPCs
we're going to take a performance penalty for CPUs that don't have the problem.
As a community member I would hate to have to take the performance hit on my
750/74xx machines because of "some little embedded CPU".  (Yes thats how I have
heard them described by others in similar situations.)

Any suggestions, anything I can do to help I am more then willing to just let me


dank at wrote:
> Mark Hatle <fray at> wrote on 18 Sep 2001:
> > David Gibson wrote:
> > > Ah, yes, I discovered ATOMIC_SYNC_FIX after I sent that, and have now
> > > turned it on. That should certainly fix the atomic ops, however there
> > > are quite a number of other places where the kernel uses stwcx., which
> > > ATOMIX_SYNC_FIX doesn't fix - notably arch/ppc/kernel/bitops.c and
> > > include/asm-ppc/bitops.h. As well as activating ATOMIX_SYNC_FIX I
> > > tried inserting a sync before every other stwcx. that I could find,
> > > and I haven't managed to get a process to lock up yet.
> >
> > Just as an FYI, we also do this in glibc to be safe. We have never been
> > able to pin down a problem in userspace due to this bug, but we thought
> > it would be better safe then sorry until we can get definative proof
> > that the bug will not happen in userspace.
> >
> > The following two files in glibc should be patched:
> > linuxthreads/sysdeps/powerpc/pt-machine.h
> > sysdeps/powerpc/atomicity.h
> We may have an example of a problem in userspace caused by erratum 77.
> We've been using a version of gcc3.0.2 running with your patched glibc, and
> had a very mysterious crash that happened roughly once in 1000 minutes,
> but only with a lucky build of our c++ app.  The problem disappeared
> if you looked at it in any way.  Fortunately (?), we had a rack of 100
> CPUs running the app, so the MTBF was 10 minutes.
> It looks like the following file in gcc3 must be patched:
>  gcc-3.0.2/libstdc++-v3/config/cpu/powerpc/bits/atomicity.h
> Here's my and Jan's attempt at a patch:
> Have your patches to glibc been contributed back to the mainline yet?
> I'm looking carefully about how best to contribute my change;
> I think it ought to be a multilib that is explicitly enabled.
> - Dan

** Sent via the linuxppc-embedded mail list. See

More information about the Linuxppc-embedded mailing list