Loadable module crashes at kernel stack overflow or machine check

Ben Gardiner BenGardiner at nanometrics.ca
Sat Oct 18 00:12:07 EST 2008

Ganesh Kumar N M wrote:
> *Hi All,*
> ** 
> *    I'm working on MPC860 with Montavista linux 2.4.18*
> *We have a Linux kernel loadable module which on loading*
> *panicks after some random time say 8 hours, 4 hours or so*
> *the oops outputs say either machine check exception or *
> *kernel stack overflow (randomly both show up) a**re as below:* 
I don't know for sure what could be causing your problem. I can only 
suggest some patches that have helped us in the past.

I'm not familiar with Montavista's kernel versions; but I know our 
2.4.24 kernel did not have the 'separate I-TLB error and miss handling' 
patch ( 
http://ozlabs.org/pipermail/linuxppc-embedded/2005-January/016382.html ) 
which caused our applications to segfault for not apparent reason.

I also suggest applying the CPU15 fix ( 
) and enabling it temporarily to see if the problem could be the unlucky 
placement of a branch instruction at the end of a page; but evaluate the 
performance of your application carefully if you are considering running 
production code with the patch enabled as it introduces significant 


Ben Gardiner
Nanometrics Seismological Instruments
250 Herzberg Rd., Kanata, ON, CA, K2K 2A1
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