Re: OF-related boot crash in 3.3.0-rc3-00188-g3ec1e88

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On Mon, Feb 13, 2012 at 5:58 PM, David Miller <davem@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> From: Grant Likely <grant.likely@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
> Date: Mon, 13 Feb 2012 14:46:23 -0700
>
>> Ugh; that looks bad.  If it failed there, then the global device node list
>> is corrupted.  I hate to ask you this, but would you be able to git bisect to
>> narrow down the commit that causes the problem?
>
> Wild guess on all of these bugs, bad OF node reference counting and a
> OF node is free'd up prematurely.
>
> If you look at the sparc code that has been subsumed into the generic
> drivers/of/ stuff over the past few years, you'll see that we never
> consistently did any of the reference counting bits on the sparc side.

Hmmm.... The of_node_put() code path shouldn't exist on sparc.  You'll
see that it is #ifdef'd out in include/linux/of.h.  Plus, only
'OF_DETACHED' nodes are allowed to be released, an there are only 3
code paths (all calling of_detach_node()) specific to powerpc that can
detach a node.

> I never did it, because I don't anticipate ever having hot-plug
> support for OF nodes.
>
> Anyways, if you now start to mix the drivers/of/ stuff which
> religiously does the reference counting with of_node_{get,put}()
> with the remaining scraps of sparc code that doesn't... it might
> not be pretty.
>
> In the crash dump after your test patch, we are in
> of_find_node_by_phandle() with a 'np' pointer in the allnodes list
> equal to 0x50.

Definitely not right!  It would be interesting to add a printk() to
of_find_node_by_phandle() or of_find_node_by_path() to blast out the
node names as it traverses the tree.  That could help track down
corruption.

>
> The signature in the original crash dump is identical, except
> that time we were in of_find_node_by_path(), but again the 'np'
> pointer was 0x50.
>
> Something else that might be suspicious were the memblock changes
> that happened this release cycle, so I wouldn't be surprised if
> a bisect turned up something in there.
>
> FWIW I've been running current kernels on my niagara boxes without
> incident for several weeks.
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