Re: KDB errors from kdba_mca_init on HP rx8620 running SLES9 SP3

From: Keith Owens <>
Date: 2006-11-01 16:46:43
Alan Tyson (on Tue, 31 Oct 2006 18:45:54 +0000) wrote:
>Hi Keith,
>When running SLES9 SP3, which has KDB compiled in, it is not possible to
>enter into KDB or LKCD when a TC (transfer control) command is issued. 
>TC results in the OS init handler running and calling kdba_mca_init() 
>which gives the following error:
> kdba_mca_init: not enough data in pal_min_state_area for kdb backtrace, cpu 3
>This error results in the following some time later on:
> kdba_release_init_slave_stack: INIT slave tripped on cpu 0 when not in 
> kdb,should never happen
>The reason for the initial error is that kdba_mca_init() expects that 
>the floating point registers were saved by SAL when in fact they were 
>not.  The SAL spec states that it is not necessary to store them and, 
>in the interests of NMRAM real estate, the HP rx7620 and rx8620 systems 
>do not.
>What would be the down-side of ignoring the bit?  I notice that
>cr and minstate bits seem to have been ignored in previous changes.  

If the salinfo record does not contain the floating point registers
then the corresponding fields in struct pt_regs that is built by KDB
will be populated with garbage.  It should not affect backtrace, gcc
never stores addresses in the floating point registers.

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