Re: init does not run on 405GP system

From: Robert Schwebel (
Date: Thu Jun 12 2003 - 14:13:44 EST

On Tue, Jun 10, 2003 at 04:10:47PM +0200, Robert Schwebel wrote:
> I'm currently porting u-boot and Linux to an IBM 405GP based board.
> The problem is now that init seems not to be running and does not give
> any output.

We have some new information about what happens on that machine, and the
more I know the stranger it is :-(

When you look at fs/exec.c:setup_arg_pages() there is a call to
put_dirty_pages(). After that call the argv and env data should be found
on the stack, at 0x7fffffda, which can also be looked at when you
generate a kernel mapping with kmap(page) plus an offset of 0xfba. These
both addresses should point to the same piece of physical RAM. I have
printed out the content of the TLBs and they look correct:

TLB 7, v = 1, sz = 1, flags = 0x0110, EPN 0x7ffff000, RPN 0x0014a000
TLB 63, v = 1, sz = 7, flags = 0x0300, EPN 0xc1000000, RPN 0x01000000

Nevertheless, when I set a breakpoint to the location after the
put_dirty_pages() call I see different memory. The kernel mapping
contains correct content:


But the user mapping (0x7fffffda) shows crap. It is a writable piece of
memory, I can place something in it by writing after the
put_dirty_pages(). When I write a "unique" pattern to that place, stop
the processor with the BDI and read out a complete memory dump I don't
find the pattern any more - this looks like a caching problem, but I'm
not entirely sure. I've tried an invalidate_dcache_range() to the user
space mapping addresses without success.


What could happen here? Is the cache handling code bullet proof? I'm
running out of ideas.

Kernel is still 2.4.21-rc2-ppc20030515 plus port to the board in


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