[Xen-devel] DomU crashing on x86
We are seeing a problem in xen-unstable where DomU crashes immediately
after booting on some x86 boxes. In my case, it is happening on a couple
of machines that have SCSI drives and where DomU is a SLES 9
installation. Here's some data on my setup:
Dom0 DomU Dom U Crash? SCSI
Machine A SLES 9 SLES 9 Yes Yes
Machine B SLES 9 RHEL 4 No Yes
Machine C RHEL 4 SLES 9 Yes Yes
Machine D FC3 SLES 9 and Debian No No
The only thing I see in common in the machines that fail is the SCSI
drives. Machines B and C are identical; the others are different
This is the Oops info that I am seeing (no other info is displayed):
Oops: 0002 [#1]
PREEMPT SMP modules linked in:
EIP: 0061:[<00244ec0>] Not tainted VLI
David Wolinsky (david_wolinsky@xxxxxxxx) has also reported seeing the
------- Additional Comments From david_wolinsky@xxxxxxxx 2005-07-13
I put together a testing suite to figure out the problem… and it seems
to two parts of my machine.
A) Fedora Core 3
B) SATA drive (as you are probably aware these use the same scsi
To test A out, I installed Debian (known for its stability, etc)… And
SATA in SATA mode and in IDE emulation mode (cominbation mode as listed
bios)… both tests passed (not concrete, I only ran it as long as I had
the test of Fedora Core to last… I'll run it over night for 100%).
To test B out, I set my SATA mode into IDE emulation mode and ran it in
this time it crashed the DomU and not Dom0.
My conclusion is... an issue between the SCSI driver, Xen hypervisor,
-------------------end of David Wolinsky's comments ---------------
Has anyone else observed this problem? I believe this is a serious
problem that requires some attention.
David F Barrera
Linux Technology Center
Systems and Technology Group, IBM
"The wisest men follow their own direction. "
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