kexec fails if OF_UNITTEST=y (was: Re: [PATCH v2] Removes OF_UNITTEST dependency on OF_DYNAMIC config symbol)

Geert Uytterhoeven geert at
Mon Mar 16 03:58:57 PDT 2015

On Fri, Jan 23, 2015 at 2:03 PM, Geert Uytterhoeven
<geert at> wrote:
> On Sun, Jan 11, 2015 at 8:19 AM, Gaurav Minocha
> <gaurav.minocha.os at> wrote:
>> This patch intends to remove the unittests dependency on
>> the functions defined in dynamic.c. So, rather than calling
>> of_attach_node defined in dynamic.c, minimal functionality
>> required to attach a new node is re-defined in unittest.c.
>> Also, now after executing the tests the test data is not
>> removed from the device tree so there is no need to call
>> of_detach_node.
> Could there be unwanted side effects of not removing the test data?

Unfortunately I found a regression introduced by commit 3ce04b4a9fdc30b6
("Removes OF_UNITTEST dependency on OF_DYNAMIC config symbol").

If the test data is still present, kexec (kexec-tools 2.0.7 released 24
November 2014, 1:2.0.7-5 in Debian) fails with:

unrecoverable error: short read

Granted, this is a bug in kexec-tools, but I'm reporting it anyway, as it is
a kernel regression with existing userspace.

I believe this bug was fixed in kexec-tools by commit d1932cd592e2a6aa
("kexec/fs2dt: Use slurp_file_len to avoid partial read of files"), but I
haven't tested the fix yet.



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