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Date:	Thu, 5 Sep 2013 21:11:37 -0400
From:	Dave Jones <>
To:	Russell King - ARM Linux <>
Cc:	Greg KH <>,
	Rusty Russell <>,
	Linux Kernel Mailing List <>
Subject: Re: kobject: delayed kobject release: help find buggy drivers

On Thu, Sep 05, 2013 at 10:44:34PM +0100, Russell King - ARM Linux wrote:
 > On Thu, Sep 05, 2013 at 05:26:06PM -0400, Dave Jones wrote:
 > > On Thu, Sep 05, 2013 at 05:11:13PM -0400, Dave Jones wrote:
 > >  >  > Trying without serial console next..
 > >  > 
 > >  > rebuilt with all serial turned off.
 > >  > 
 > >  > no luck, then it oopses somewhere else. I'm suspecting something isn't
 > >  > right with that debug patch, as the next trace is also in kobject_release
 > You're right about that - I had assumed that it was necessary for all
 > kobjects to be 'added' before they're released, but that is not so.
 > Mea culpa.  They just need to be initialised - the problem with putting
 > a kmalloc into kobject_init() is that if it fails, we have no way to
 > report that failure...
 > Updated patch attached... though it sounds like you got it working
 > anyway.
 > > I managed to get to userspace on one boot, and got this.
 > > 
 > > kobject ffff88023d93f518 has been corrupted (magic 0x6b6b6b6b).  Please
 > > enable kobject debugging for full debug.
 > Okay, so this is definitely a case that someone has kfree'd the kobject
 > without waiting for the ->release function to be called.
 > > That looks like SLAB_POISON. Incompatibility between the two options ?
 > > 
 > > For some reason, even though I have DEBUG_KOBJECT on, I didn't get
 > > extra messages output.
 > Hmm.
 > CFLAGS_kobject.o += -DDEBUG
 > CFLAGS_kobject_uevent.o += -DDEBUG
 > endif
 > should enable the pr_debug()'s in lib/kobject.c... which should at least
 > appear in the dmesg log.  Being debug level, of course, they won't appear
 > during normal kernel boot unless 'debug' is passed on the kernel command
 > line.
 > It seems to work for me - but... produces rather a lot of debug messages,
 > so you may also wish to ensure that you have LOG_BUF_SHIFT set to
 > something large.

As discussed on irc, with this updated patch it hangs *really* early in boot. 

With earlyprintk=vga I can see some of the trace..


<RIP> kmem_cache_alloc_trace


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