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Bug 81396 - /proc/cpuinfo contains bogus values for SMP kernels on non-hyperthreaded processors
Summary: /proc/cpuinfo contains bogus values for SMP kernels on non-hyperthreaded proc...
Alias: None
Product: Red Hat Linux
Classification: Retired
Component: kernel
Version: 7.3
Hardware: i386
OS: Linux
Target Milestone: ---
Assignee: Arjan van de Ven
QA Contact: Brian Brock
Depends On:
TreeView+ depends on / blocked
Reported: 2003-01-08 23:24 UTC by Michael J. Saletnik
Modified: 2007-04-18 16:49 UTC (History)
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Doc Type: Bug Fix
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Last Closed: 2004-09-30 15:40:22 UTC

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Description Michael J. Saletnik 2003-01-08 23:24:10 UTC
Description of problem:
Red Hat has ported some of the hyperthreading support from the 2.5 to the 2.4
kernels. In particular, code which prints "Physical processor ID" and "Number of
siblings" in /proc/cpuinfo has been added as linux-2.4.18-cpuinfo-siblings.patch
as of kernel-2.4.18-18.7.x

However, although this is #ifdef'd for SMP kernels, if you look at the 2.5
series (arch/i386/kernel/cpu/proc.c) you will see that it also has to be wrapped
in an if (cpu_has_ht) test.

Otherwise, running on a non-hyperthreaded-cpu SMP system, the physical id and
number of siblings will print out uninitialized values, possibly different each

Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
kernel-2.4.18-18.7.x and newer

How reproducible:

Steps to Reproduce:
1. On an SMP system without hyperthreaded cpus:
   while /bin/true ; do egrep 'Physical|sibling' /proc/cpuinfo ; done
Actual results:
Physical processor ID   : 591210800
Number of siblings      : 1
Physical processor ID   : 741353507
Number of siblings      : 1

Expected results:
Nothing at all - this should not be displayed for non-hyperthreaded cpu's.

Additional info:

Comment 1 Bugzilla owner 2004-09-30 15:40:22 UTC
Thanks for the bug report. However, Red Hat no longer maintains this version of
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