On Wed, 2007-03-07 at 07:39 -0800, Linus Torvalds wrote:
> On Wed, 7 Mar 2007, Benjamin Herrenschmidt wrote:
> >
> > On Tue, 2007-03-06 at 20:59 -0800, Linus Torvalds wrote:
> > 
> > > Linus Torvalds (2):
> > >       Revert "[PATCH] LOG2: Alter get_order() so that it can make use of 
> > > ilog2() on a constant"
> > >       Linux 2.6.21-rc3
> > 
> > Greg, I think we should revert that patch in 2.6.20.x stable serie too
> > as get_order is broken there as well, causing random kernel memory
> > corruption every now and then among others.
> Did you confirm that that was indeed the cause of the problem you saw?

Well, at least one of the problem I caught with my ppc32 implementation
of DEBUG_PAGEALLOC yes. PowerPC dma_alloc_coherent, on machines with
cache consistent PCI DMA, would use get_order to allocate pages and then
memset over the size passed in. The ide-pmac driver, among others, would
trigger that bug by asking for 0x1020 bytes while get_order only
returned 0. (I should look into making the ide-pmac driver allocate <=
4K but that's a different matter).
I think it fixed David Woodhouse random crashes too.

> As far as I can tell, the bug (because it tested the wrong #define) would 
> only affect the constant-size case, and only for something larger than a 
> single page, and only for a non-power-of-two size. So it looked fairly 
> hard to trigger, if only because all the obvious constants I saw seemed 
> to already be powers-of-two..
> So did you hunt it down to a particular cases where it triggers?

Yup, the above. Calls to dma_alloc_consistent with a constant size that
is not a multiple of the page size and larger than one page. (Our
dma_alloc_consistent implementation on 32 bits is inline).


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