kernel troubles on rx2600 while running sbuild

From: Thibaut VARENE <>
Date: 2004-09-27 02:33:33

I've been having some troubles while running 'sbuild' (debian package
autobuilder system) on freshly installed Debian Sarge rx2600 boxes.

First issue:
rx2600 2-way with 4GB RAM, using debian

The box went into a very unstable state while building aptitude (roughly
5 hours after starting sbuild). Several processes went into "D" state and
the logs started to get flooded by the following 3 lines (repeated 435743
times, that is, until i rebooted the system):

Sep 24 02:03:27 gandalf kernel: b_state=0x00000019, b_size=4096
Sep 24 02:03:27 gandalf kernel: device blocksize: 4096
Sep 24 02:03:27 gandalf kernel:__find_get_block_slow() failed.
block=1605635, b_blocknr=1605632

At that point I could nonetheless login and reboot the system.
I then ran a disk check just in case (including badblocks check) which
shown nothing.

There I thought that SMP might not be a good idea when running sbuild so I
switched to a UP system, with the same configuration (except for the RAM &
nb of CPUs):

Second issue:
rx2600 1-way with 2GB RAM, using debian kernel-image-

The system was taken down approx 4h after staring sbuild, unfortunately
the console logs were bloated with stack dumps and got enventually
purged, so i couldn't gather much info, therefore i'm just posting it for
the record. Here is what I could collect:

<6>note: sh[8180] exited with preempt_count 1
Unable to handle kernel NULL pointer dereference (address
sh[8180]: Oops 8813272891392 [18]

As a matter of fact, I can't tell whether this was the problem that took
the machine down. The only thing i can tell, is that switching back to 2.4
(kernel-image-2.4.27-1-mckinley) seems to have made this system much more
stable, since it's been running sbuild now for 16h straight without any


Thibaut VARENE
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