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Bug 85962 - machine hangs after bug report in /var/log/kern
Summary: machine hangs after bug report in /var/log/kern
Alias: None
Product: Red Hat Linux
Classification: Retired
Component: kernel
Version: 8.0
Hardware: i686
OS: Linux
Target Milestone: ---
Assignee: Arjan van de Ven
QA Contact: Brian Brock
Depends On:
TreeView+ depends on / blocked
Reported: 2003-03-11 16:05 UTC by Venkatesh Phadnavis
Modified: 2007-04-18 16:51 UTC (History)
0 users

Fixed In Version:
Doc Type: Bug Fix
Doc Text:
Clone Of:
Last Closed: 2004-09-30 15:40:38 UTC

Attachments (Terms of Use)
Relevant portion of my /var/log/kern (deleted)
2003-03-11 16:06 UTC, Venkatesh Phadnavis
no flags Details

Description Venkatesh Phadnavis 2003-03-11 16:05:13 UTC
From Bugzilla Helper:
User-Agent: Mozilla/5.0 (X11; U; Linux i686; en-US; rv:1.3a) Gecko/20021212

Description of problem:
I upgraded my kernel to 2.4.18-26.8.0. I boot into runlevel 3, after which I
start kde by running startx. The machine was up for about three days when I saw
an output on my console about an error message in kernel. I checked out
/var/log/kern, and there were details about the kernel bug. I attach the
relevant portion as the attachment. Also interesting to note is that at that
point of time, I did a `top' and saw that 245M of the 255M RAM that I have was
being used, and when I did a `startx', the machine hanged, and I had to reboot.
After rebooting the machine seems to work fine.

Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):

How reproducible:
Didn't try

Steps to Reproduce:
  Since this is a kernel error message I have no hooks to reproduce it.

Additional info:

Comment 1 Venkatesh Phadnavis 2003-03-11 16:06:19 UTC
Created attachment 90553 [details]
Relevant portion of my /var/log/kern

Comment 2 Arjan van de Ven 2003-03-11 16:38:45 UTC
this kind of bug sometimes points to bad memory; could you do a testrun of the
memtest86 program to test your memory?

Comment 3 Venkatesh Phadnavis 2003-03-17 04:56:54 UTC
Memtest86 Standard test took 4 hours and * minutes.

Cached=256M, RsvdMem=136K, MemMap=e820-Std, Cache=On, ECC=Off, Test=Std
Pass=5, Errors=67688, ECC Errs=0

Error Summary = Test 5: 2131 Errors, Test 6: 1 Errors.

After this the test came back to test number 1, so I stopped this and
booted Linux. I am guessing lots of errors in testing RAM, so my RAM is
at fault. I don't know what steps to take so that Linux leaves these bad
RAM blocks alone and doesn't use them.


Comment 4 Bugzilla owner 2004-09-30 15:40:38 UTC
Thanks for the bug report. However, Red Hat no longer maintains this version of
the product. Please upgrade to the latest version and open a new bug if the problem

The Fedora Legacy project ( maintains some older releases, 
and if you believe this bug is interesting to them, please report the problem in
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