syslinux+2.2.19pre9 "oops at Kernel Boot time"

From: Sven Geggus (
Date: Tue Feb 20 2001 - 03:23:19 EST

Hi there,

I ran into a boot Problem on an embedded Box (AMD Elan400 based)
using syslinux and a 2.2.19pre7 Kernel (does not work on 2.2.19pre9 as well).

Strange enough the box boots just fine when using a raw boot kernel on
Floppy Disk instead of syslinux using exactly the same Kernelimage and
a DOS formated Floppy with syslinux installed.

Here is what ksymoops tells (on a 2.2.19pre7, but its the very same on the

I hope that you are more familiar in interpreting this than I am.


ksymoops 2.3.7 on i686 2.2.19pre7. Options used
     -v kernel/kernel-2.2.19pre7/vmlinux (specified)
     -K (specified)
     -L (specified)
     -O (specified)
     -m kernel/kernel-2.2.19pre7/ (specified)

CPU: 0
EIP: 0010:[<c011e8e8>]
Using defaults from ksymoops -t elf32-i386 -a i386
EFLAGS: 00010286
eax: 0000009f ebx: c3aff0d8 ecx: ffffffff edx: c0307800
esi: 00000028 edi: ffffffff ebp: c3afffe0 esp: c0217f38
ds: 0018 es: 0018 ss: 0018
Process swapper (pid: 0, process nr:0, stackpage=c0217000)
Stack: c0204720 00000282 ffffffff 00000212 00000001 00000015 00000020 00000000
       c011eaf1 c0204720 00000015 00000000 00000020 00000000 00000000 c011e015
       c0204720 00000015 00000000 00099800 00000000 00000000 00000008 c021b1df
Call Trace: [<c011eaf1>] [<c011e015>] [<c0106000>] [<c01dc05e>] [<c0106000>] [<c0106000>] [<c0100176>]
Code: 89 07 8b 4c 24 10 8b 09 89 4c 24 10 83 ee 01 73 b8 c7 01 00

>>EIP; c011e8e8 <kmem_cache_grow+2a8/380> <=====
Trace; c011eaf1 <kmem_cache_alloc+d1/130>
Trace; c011e015 <kmem_cache_create+125/530>
Trace; c0106000 <get_options+0/70>
Trace; c01dc05e <tvecs+15be/3580>
Trace; c0106000 <get_options+0/70>
Trace; c0106000 <get_options+0/70>
Trace; c0100176 <L6+0/2>
Code; c011e8e8 <kmem_cache_grow+2a8/380>
00000000 <_EIP>:
Code; c011e8e8 <kmem_cache_grow+2a8/380> <=====
   0: 89 07 movl %eax,(%edi) <=====
Code; c011e8ea <kmem_cache_grow+2aa/380>
   2: 8b 4c 24 10 movl 0x10(%esp,1),%ecx
Code; c011e8ee <kmem_cache_grow+2ae/380>
   6: 8b 09 movl (%ecx),%ecx
Code; c011e8f0 <kmem_cache_grow+2b0/380>
   8: 89 4c 24 10 movl %ecx,0x10(%esp,1)
Code; c011e8f4 <kmem_cache_grow+2b4/380>
   c: 83 ee 01 subl $0x1,%esi
Code; c011e8f7 <kmem_cache_grow+2b7/380>
   f: 73 b8 jae ffffffc9 <_EIP+0xffffffc9> c011e8b1 <kmem_cache_grow+271/380>
Code; c011e8f9 <kmem_cache_grow+2b9/380>
  11: c7 01 00 00 00 00 movl $0x0,(%ecx)

Kernel panic: Attempted to kill the idle task!
In swapper task - not syncing

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