Bug#457631: linux-image-2.6.18-5-powerpc: system freezes (occurred twice) - Debian

This is a discussion on Bug#457631: linux-image-2.6.18-5-powerpc: system freezes (occurred twice) - Debian ; Package: linux-image-2.6.18-5-powerpc Version: 2.6.18.dfsg.1-13etch6 Severity: important At about 00:25, the system completely froze: the mouse and the keyboard were no longer working (even Ctrl-Alt-Del), and the network connection was no longer working either. Not much in the log files before ...

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  1. Bug#457631: linux-image-2.6.18-5-powerpc: system freezes (occurred twice)

    Package: linux-image-2.6.18-5-powerpc
    Version: 2.6.18.dfsg.1-13etch6
    Severity: important

    At about 00:25, the system completely froze: the mouse and the keyboard
    were no longer working (even Ctrl-Alt-Del), and the network connection
    was no longer working either. Not much in the log files before the
    freeze:

    /var/log/syslog
    Dec 24 00:20:43 ay ctlinnd[24945]: Reading config from /etc/news/inn.conf
    Dec 24 00:20:43 ay innd: s
    Dec 24 00:25:01 ay /USR/SBIN/CRON[25100]: (root) CMD ([ -x /usr/lib/sysstat/sa1 ] && { [ -r "$DEFAULT" ] && . "$DEFAULT" ; [ "$ENABLED" = "true" ] && exec /usr/lib/sysstat/sa1 $SA1_OPTIONS 1 1 ; })
    Dec 24 00:25:18 ay nnrpd[24938]: localhost group fr.misc.transport.rail 10

    /var/log/messages
    Dec 23 23:23:44 ay -- MARK --
    Dec 23 23:43:45 ay -- MARK --
    Dec 24 00:03:45 ay -- MARK --
    Dec 24 00:23:46 ay -- MARK --

    I was just using "tin" at that time. The only thing I could do was
    to switched off the machine. A few minutes after rebooting it, I got
    a second freeze (just after typing "reportbug ...").

    I think I didn't have any such problem before (except when using the
    smartmontools long self-test), in the last few years.

    -- System Information:
    Debian Release: lenny/sid
    APT prefers testing
    APT policy: (900, 'testing'), (900, 'stable'), (200, 'unstable')
    Architecture: powerpc (ppc)

    Kernel: Linux 2.6.18-5-powerpc
    Locale: LANG=POSIX, LC_CTYPE=en_US.ISO8859-1 (charmap=ISO-8859-1)
    Shell: /bin/sh linked to /bin/bash

    Versions of packages linux-image-2.6.18-5-powerpc depends on:
    ii coreutils 5.97-5.3 The GNU core utilities
    ii debconf [debconf-2.0] 1.5.17 Debian configuration management sy
    ii mkvmlinuz 33 create a kernel to boot a PowerPC
    ii module-init-tools 3.3-pre11-4 tools for managing Linux kernel mo
    ii yaird [linux-initramfs-tool] 0.0.12-24 Yet Another mkInitRD

    linux-image-2.6.18-5-powerpc recommends no packages.

    -- debconf information:
    linux-image-2.6.18-5-powerpc/preinst/lilo-has-ramdisk:
    linux-image-2.6.18-5-powerpc/postinst/old-initrd-link-2.6.18-5-powerpc: true
    linux-image-2.6.18-5-powerpc/postinst/bootloader-error-2.6.18-5-powerpc:
    linux-image-2.6.18-5-powerpc/preinst/abort-install-2.6.18-5-powerpc:
    shared/kernel-image/really-run-bootloader: true
    linux-image-2.6.18-5-powerpc/prerm/removing-running-kernel-2.6.18-5-powerpc: true
    linux-image-2.6.18-5-powerpc/preinst/overwriting-modules-2.6.18-5-powerpc: true
    linux-image-2.6.18-5-powerpc/preinst/elilo-initrd-2.6.18-5-powerpc: true
    linux-image-2.6.18-5-powerpc/preinst/initrd-2.6.18-5-powerpc:
    linux-image-2.6.18-5-powerpc/postinst/kimage-is-a-directory:
    linux-image-2.6.18-5-powerpc/postinst/old-system-map-link-2.6.18-5-powerpc: true
    linux-image-2.6.18-5-powerpc/postinst/depmod-error-2.6.18-5-powerpc: false
    linux-image-2.6.18-5-powerpc/prerm/would-invalidate-boot-loader-2.6.18-5-powerpc: true
    * linux-image-2.6.18-5-powerpc/preinst/already-running-this-2.6.18-5-powerpc:
    linux-image-2.6.18-5-powerpc/postinst/old-dir-initrd-link-2.6.18-5-powerpc: true
    linux-image-2.6.18-5-powerpc/postinst/create-kimage-link-2.6.18-5-powerpc: true
    linux-image-2.6.18-5-powerpc/postinst/bootloader-test-error-2.6.18-5-powerpc:
    linux-image-2.6.18-5-powerpc/preinst/abort-overwrite-2.6.18-5-powerpc:
    linux-image-2.6.18-5-powerpc/preinst/failed-to-move-modules-2.6.18-5-powerpc:
    * linux-image-2.6.18-5-powerpc/preinst/bootloader-initrd-2.6.18-5-powerpc: false
    linux-image-2.6.18-5-powerpc/postinst/depmod-error-initrd-2.6.18-5-powerpc: false
    linux-image-2.6.18-5-powerpc/preinst/lilo-initrd-2.6.18-5-powerpc: true



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  2. Bug#457631: linux-image-2.6.18-5-powerpc: system freezes (occurred twice)

    tags 457631 moreinfo
    severity 457631 normal
    thanks

    On Mon, Dec 24, 2007 at 01:01:53AM +0100, Vincent Lefevre wrote:
    > At about 00:25, the system completely froze: the mouse and the keyboard
    > were no longer working (even Ctrl-Alt-Del), and the network connection
    > was no longer working either. Not much in the log files before the
    > freeze:


    And on the console? Are you sure your memory is okay? More informations
    about the hardware?

    Bastian

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  4. Bug#457631: linux-image-2.6.18-5-powerpc: system freezes (occurred twice)

    On 2007-12-24 01:01:53 +0100, Vincent Lefevre wrote:
    > I think I didn't have any such problem before (except when using the
    > smartmontools long self-test), in the last few years.


    I had another freeze with linux-image-2.6.18-5-powerpc. Then I rebooted
    with linux-image-2.6.18-3-powerpc, but I also had a freeze with it.
    This may come from something else (perhaps because I'm currently on a
    different network).

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  5. Bug#457631: linux-image-2.6.18-5-powerpc: system freezes (occurred twice)

    On 2007-12-24 14:53:58 +0100, Bastian Blank wrote:
    > And on the console?


    After the freeze, I can't see what is printed on the text console
    (because the system is completely frozen, and I can't do anything).
    However, I have an xterm started with the -C option, but there was
    nothing on it.

    > Are you sure your memory is okay?


    How can I test it (this is a PowerPC)? Note that before any freeze,
    the system and applications are very stable.

    I've tried memtester. I first tried it under X11, but the system froze.
    Then I tried it after the reboot, and I got lots of "Out of memory"
    errors in the console and messages saying that processes were killed.
    Its stdout and stderr output was:

    memtester version 4.0.8 (32-bit)
    Copyright (C) 2007 Charles Cazabon.
    Licensed under the GNU General Public License version 2 (only).

    pagesize is 4096
    pagesizemask is 0xfffff000
    want 256MB (268435456 bytes)
    got 256MB (268435456 bytes), trying mlock ...

    and it terminated without any error.

    > More informations about the hardware?


    $ cat /proc/cpuinfo
    processor : 0
    cpu : 7410, altivec supported
    temperature : 42-47 C (uncalibrated)
    clock : 400.000000MHz
    revision : 0.3 (pvr 800c 1103)
    bogomips : 49.79
    timebase : 24966218
    platform : PowerMac
    machine : PowerBook3,2
    motherboard : PowerBook3,2 MacRISC2 MacRISC Power Macintosh
    detected as : 71 (PowerBook Titanium)
    pmac flags : 0000001b
    L2 cache : 1024K unified
    pmac-generation : NewWorld

    and "smartctl -a /dev/hda" doesn't show any recent error.

    # 1 Short offline Completed without error 00% 53249 -
    # 2 Short offline Completed without error 00% 53248 -
    # 3 Short offline Completed without error 00% 53219 -
    # 4 Short offline Completed without error 00% 53196 -
    # 5 Short offline Completed without error 00% 53172 -
    # 6 Short offline Completed without error 00% 53148 -
    # 7 Short offline Completed without error 00% 53124 -
    # 8 Short offline Completed without error 00% 53100 -
    # 9 Short offline Completed without error 00% 53076 -
    #10 Short offline Completed without error 00% 53052 -
    #11 Short offline Completed without error 00% 53028 -
    #12 Short offline Completed without error 00% 53004 -
    #13 Short offline Completed without error 00% 52980 -
    #14 Short offline Completed without error 00% 52956 -
    #15 Short offline Completed without error 00% 52932 -
    #16 Short offline Completed without error 00% 52908 -
    #17 Short offline Completed without error 00% 52884 -
    #18 Short offline Completed without error 00% 52860 -
    #19 Short offline Completed without error 00% 52836 -
    #20 Short offline Completed without error 00% 52812 -
    #21 Short offline Completed without error 00% 52788 -

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  6. Bug#457631: linux-image-2.6.18-5-powerpc: system freezes (occurred twice)

    Some news about the crashes:

    ay:~> last -axf /var/log/wtmp.1 | grep crash
    lefevre tty1 Mon Dec 31 15:40 - crash (11:00)
    lefevre tty1 Sat Dec 29 22:41 - crash (1+16:57)
    lefevre tty1 Sat Dec 29 17:43 - crash (04:57)
    lefevre tty1 Sat Dec 29 04:18 - crash (13:23)
    lefevre tty1 Fri Dec 28 04:07 - crash (1+00:08)
    lefevre tty1 Thu Dec 27 03:26 - crash (00:23)
    lefevre tty1 Mon Dec 24 17:40 - crash (2+09:44)
    lefevre tty1 Mon Dec 24 17:08 - crash (00:30)
    lefevre tty1 Mon Dec 24 04:23 - crash (11:05)
    lefevre tty1 Mon Dec 24 02:41 - crash (-6:-19)
    lefevre tty1 Mon Dec 24 00:48 - crash (-6:-8)
    lefevre tty1 Mon Dec 24 00:33 - crash (-7:-46)
    lefevre tty1 Sat Dec 22 15:47 - crash (1+00:44)

    Since January 1, I haven't got any crash. In fact, the crashes occurred
    only when I was on holidays. The two differences from normal use:

    * The network was different: I was using DHCP (with "pump"), while
    I normally use a static network configuration.

    * I was using X11 much more often (I normally use this machine
    remotely). I also spent a few days abroad last week, where
    I had no connection by Ethernet (only USB) and where I was
    using X11 quite often, and I didn't get any crash.

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  7. Bug#457631: linux-image-2.6.18-5-powerpc: system freezes (occurred twice)

    reassign 457631 linux-image-2.6.18-6-powerpc
    found 457631 2.6.18.dfsg.1-18etch1
    thanks

    I've got 3 crashes with linux-image-2.6.18-6-powerpc in a few days
    (I've been on holidays since April 1, using my PowerBook physically,
    that's why the crashes reappeared).

    ay:~> last -axf /var/log/wtmp | egrep 'crash|boot'
    reboot system boot Sat Apr 5 01:19 - 01:56 (00:37) 2.6.24-1-powerpc
    reboot system boot Sat Apr 5 00:27 - 01:16 (00:49) 2.6.18-6-powerpc
    lefevre tty1 Sat Apr 5 00:15 - crash (00:12)
    reboot system boot Sat Apr 5 00:13 - 01:16 (01:03) 2.6.18-6-powerpc
    lefevre tty1 Thu Apr 3 17:53 - crash (1+06:20)
    reboot system boot Thu Apr 3 17:51 - 01:16 (1+07:25) 2.6.18-6-powerpc
    lefevre tty1 Wed Apr 2 22:37 - crash (19:14)
    reboot system boot Wed Apr 2 22:35 - 01:16 (2+02:41) 2.6.18-6-powerpc

    I've just installed 2.6.24-1-powerpc. Let's see if it has the same
    problem...

    On 2008-01-16 17:27:55 +0100, Vincent Lefevre wrote:
    > Since January 1, I haven't got any crash. In fact, the crashes occurred
    > only when I was on holidays. The two differences from normal use:
    >
    > * The network was different: I was using DHCP (with "pump"), while
    > I normally use a static network configuration.


    FYI, the current pump version was 0.8.24-2.1 with the last 3 crashes.

    > * I was using X11 much more often (I normally use this machine
    > remotely). I also spent a few days abroad last week, where
    > I had no connection by Ethernet (only USB) and where I was
    > using X11 quite often, and I didn't get any crash.


    Also, it seems that the crashes occur only when I use the keyboard.
    The application doesn't matter (I got crashes when typing in an Emacs
    window and in an xterm). My PowerBook is on all the time (I have some
    servers on it), and when I don't use it physically, it never crashes.

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