Installation of SLES10 SP2 on NEC ia64 machine fails with NULL pointer dereference and IP at __migrate_task

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SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 10 Service Pack 2


Installation of SLES10 SP2 on a NEC ia64 machine with 32 CPUs and 128 GB RAM fails with the oops/panic that looks like the following:
Boot processor id 0x0/0x0
Unable to handle kernel NULL pointer dereference (address 00000000000012f3)
migration/0[2]: Oops 11012296146944 [1]
Modules linked in:

Pid: 2, CPU 0, comm:          migration/0
psr : 00001210085a2010 ifs : 800000000000050d ip  : [<a000000100085e41>]    Not
ip is at __migrate_task+0xc1/0x220
unat: 0000000000000000 pfs : 000000000000050d rsc : 0000000000000003
rnat: 0000000000000000 bsps: 0000000000000000 pr  : 0000000000009581
ldrs: 0000000000000000 ccv : 0000000000000000 fpsr: 0009804c8a70433f
csd : 893fffff000f0000 ssd : 893fffff00000000
b0  : a000000100085e30 b6  : a000000100090140 b7  : a00000010000c3e0
f6  : 0fffefffffffff0000000 f7  : 0ffe9886c000000000000
f8  : 1000d886c000000000000 f9  : 0ffff8000000000000000
f10 : 1000d886bfffff7794000 f11 : 1003e0000000000004436
r1  : a0000001011dd210 r2  : 0000000000000286 r3  : 0000000000000001
r8  : a000000101279158 r9  : a0000001010feeb0 r10 : 0000000000000001
r11 : a000000101279158 r12 : e000000135027a50 r13 : e000000135020000
r14 : 0000000000000000 r15 : 0000000000000107 r16 : a0000001010feeb0
r17 : a0000001010feeb0 r18 : 00000000000012f3 r19 : a000000101279158
r20 : 0000000000000000 r21 : e000000001110000 r22 : e000000001110000
r23 : ffffffffffff67e0 r24 : 0000000000008040 r25 : ffffffffffff67d8
r26 : ffffffffffff67d8 r27 : 0000000000000000 r28 : ffffffffffff67d0
r29 : 0000000000000000 r30 : 0000000000000000 r31 : e000000001105580

Call Trace:
 [<a0000001000152d0>] show_stack+0x50/0xa0
                                sp=e0000001350275e0 bsp=e000000135021500
 [<a000000100015be0>] show_regs+0x860/0x8a0
                sp=e0000001350277b0 bsp=e0000001350214a8
 [<a00000010003ae30>] die+0x1d0/0x360
                                sp=e0000001350277b0 bsp=e000000135021460
 [<a0000001005a9a00>] ia64_do_page_fault+0xa40/0xbc0
                                sp=e0000001350277d0 bsp=e000000135021410
 [<a00000010000cbe0>] ia64_leave_kernel+0x0/0x280
                                sp=e000000135027880 bsp=e000000135021410
 [<a000000100085e40>] __migrate_task+0xc0/0x220
                                sp=e000000135027a50 bsp=e0000001350213a0
 [<a000000100090650>] migration_thread+0x510/0x5e0
                                sp=e000000135027a50 bsp=e000000135021350
 [<a0000001000d39e0>] kthread+0x240/0x2c0
                                sp=e000000135027a50 bsp=e000000135021308
 [<a0000001000133f0>] kernel_thread_helper+0xd0/0x100
                                sp=e000000135027e30 bsp=e0000001350212e0
 [<a0000001000094c0>] start_kernel_thread+0x20/0x40
                                sp=e000000135027e30 bsp=e0000001350212e0

Entering kdb (current=0xe000000135020000, pid 2) on processor 0 Oops: <NULL>
due to oops @ 0xa000000100085e41
 psr: 0x00001210085a2010   ifs: 0x800000000000050d    ip: 0xa000000100085e40
unat: 0x0000000000000000   pfs: 0x000000000000050d   rsc: 0x0000000000000003
rnat: 0x0000000000000000  bsps: 0x0000000000000000    pr: 0x0000000000009581
ldrs: 0x0000000000000000   ccv: 0x0000000000000000  fpsr: 0x0009804c8a70433f
  b0: 0xa000000100085e30    b6: 0xa000000100090140    b7: 0xa00000010000c3e0
  r1: 0xa0000001011dd210    r2: 0x0000000000000286    r3: 0x0000000000000001
  r8: 0xa000000101279158    r9: 0xa0000001010feeb0   r10: 0x0000000000000001
 r11: 0xa000000101279158   r12: 0xe000000135027a50   r13: 0xe000000135020000
 r14: 0x0000000000000000   r15: 0x0000000000000107   r16: 0xa0000001010feeb0
 r17: 0xa0000001010feeb0   r18: 0x00000000000012f3   r19: 0xa000000101279158
 r20: 0x0000000000000000   r21: 0xe000000001110000   r22: 0xe000000001110000
 r23: 0xffffffffffff67e0   r24: 0x0000000000008040   r25: 0xffffffffffff67d8
 r26: 0xffffffffffff67d8   r27: 0x0000000000000000   r28: 0xffffffffffff67d0
 r29: 0x0000000000000000   r30: 0x0000000000000000   r31: 0xe000000001105580
&regs = e000000135027890
Forcing dump (if configured)


A maintenance update of the kernel has been released. Please use kernel version or later. In case you need an ISO image for installation please contact SUSE Technical Services.

Additional Information

This problem is due to a faulty patch that has been introduced in SLES10 SP2.


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  • Document ID:7003509
  • Creation Date: 11-Jun-2009
  • Modified Date:16-Mar-2021
    • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server

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