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Re: kern/55154 (Running sysctl test on macppc in qemu triggers panic)

The following reply was made to PR kern/55154; it has been noted by GNATS.

From: Martin Husemann <>
To: Paul Goyette <>
Subject: Re: kern/55154 (Running sysctl test on macppc in qemu triggers panic)
Date: Thu, 9 Apr 2020 16:46:18 +0200

 On Thu, Apr 09, 2020 at 05:38:18AM -0700, Paul Goyette wrote:
 > > 2) fix the kernel modload support to reject any attempts of module loading
 > >    when the symbol table is empty
 > This could be done, but would not solve the problem we ran into in
 > this PR.
 We still should do it, I'll look into it.
 > The PR was triggered because the previous changes _always_ executed
 > the sysctl_setup code.  Prior to the change, it was executed only
 > when the opencrypto init code was run.  And, for built-in opencrypto,
 > the init code only ran when a "client" attached.
 > As a result, the sysctl nodes were created, with helper functions
 > that referenced unallocated data structures.
 Ok, I misunderstood that part.
 > > 3) fix the opencrypto code to properly deal with module load failure (or
 > >    non-availability of modules) - maybe this is what Paul did and I
 > >    misunderstood
 > I didn't fix it, I just avoided the bug by returning to the previous
 > ``call sysctl_setup only when a "client" attaches'' mechanism.
 > Note that the module load was _not_ triggered by opencrypto, but by
 > something else in /etc/rc.d stuff.
 Can you find out what? We need to fix it, GENERIC must work w/o any module

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