Question regarding RT patches for ARM

Fawad Lateef fawadlateef at
Thu May 18 07:08:32 EDT 2017

Hi Sebastian,

On 17 May 2017 at 18:02, Sebastian Andrzej Siewior
<bigeasy at> wrote:
> On 2017-05-17 07:45:39 [-0700], Eric Nelson wrote:
>> Hi Fawad,
> Hi Fawad,
>> On 05/17/2017 06:40 AM, Fawad Lateef wrote:
>> > > > I'm not sure about the unhandled page fault, but the stalls may be
>> > > > because of the SDMA driver.
>> > > >
>> > > > See this patch in the Freescale/NXP community for kernel 4.1:
>> > > >
> That is something I see for the first time. The description says that it
> leads to this stall but it fails to explain _how_ it got there.
>> > > Thanks for the patch link. I will give it a try.
>> >
>> > Talked to hardware manufacturer and they applied the patch.
>> >
>> > Still that SDMA is only used for NOR flash and only u-boot and its
>> > environment are stored in nor flash. So not sure if that is going to
>> > help in any case.
>> >
>> SDMA is used for much more than NOR flash (SSI, USB, and sometimes
>> UARTs).
>> > So I would really like few more suggestions OR confirmations about ARM
>> > (cortex-A9 based imx6) (preemept)-RT support/patches are stable and
>> > can be used for final products.
>> >
>> I don't have any experience with the RT patches on 4.9 or later
>> kernels, but do know that they're being used on i.MX6 with the
>> vendor kernels (3.10.x, 4.1.x).
> I just looked into a few boot logs and it seems the Phyflex board (imx6
> quad) bootet v4.9.27-rt18, run cyclictest including some tests and
> nothing produced this "unhandled page fault" you mention here. This
> includes the previous RT version in the v4.9 line.

Thanks, seems like RT patches are quite stable for ARM then.

> Of this "page fault" happens on boot, it has to do something without
> your .config + hw combination. If it happens at rune-time it is probably
> triggered by a driver or an application is triggering this.

Yes, this happens at run-time and not always. Sometimes hardware just

As now RT is widely used on ARM so to me seems like it something
related to hardware design/setting OR application.

Another question: Is RT user-space application can make kernel/system
crash? As to me kernel should kill the app but let itself running
_but_ not sure in the case of RT patched kernel.

>> Regards,
>> Eric
> Sebastian


Fawad Lateef

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