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Old 02-12-2009, 02:05 PM   #1
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Programs throwing a FPE on virtualized machines (

Here at work we use Altiris Deployment Solution that is used for dumping/restoring images of a customers computer and running through various installs, etc. The software can use a custom Linux "distro" as its preboot environment to place the images on the hard drive. The distro uses the kernel and is just a basic GNU/Linux system that runs on a 32meg ext2 ramdisk.

Recently I compiled a new kernel ( based off of the old config with some changes and everything works fine on physical hardware. BUT if its on a virtualized system (VMware, Parallels) two of our commonly used programs throw floating point exceptions. These two programs are from Altiris (firm, rdeployt) so we obviously do not have the source code and there are no debugging symbols in the binaries.

I'm not even sure where to start troubleshooting this. I've ran strace on one the programs with both kernels and here are my results..

open("/proc/cpuinfo", O_RDONLY)         = 3
fstat64(3, {st_mode=S_IFREG|0444, st_size=0, ...}) = 0
mmap2(NULL, 4096, PROT_READ|PROT_WRITE, MAP_PRIVATE|MAP_ANONYMOUS, -1, 0) = 0xb7f34000
read(3, "processor\t: 0\nvendor_id\t: Genuine"..., 1024) = 473
close(3)                                = 0
munmap(0xb7f34000, 4096)                = 0
getpid()                                = 2404
gettimeofday({1234447207, 945326}, NULL) = 0
open("/proc/meminfo", O_RDONLY)         = 3
read(3, "MemTotal:       127528 kB\nMemFree"..., 1024) = 676
open("/proc/cpuinfo", O_RDONLY)         = 3
fstat64(3, {st_mode=S_IFREG|0444, st_size=0, ...}) = 0
mmap2(NULL, 4096, PROT_READ|PROT_WRITE, MAP_PRIVATE|MAP_ANONYMOUS, -1, 0) = 0xb802d000
read(3, "processor\t: 0\nvendor_id\t: Genuine"..., 1024) = 534
close(3)                                = 0
munmap(0xb802d000, 4096)                = 0
--- SIGFPE (Floating point exception) @ 0 (0) ---
+++ killed by SIGFPE +++

Not sure if that's useful or not. At this point I'm not sure what I should try, what kernel options I should look for, etc. Any suggestions would be great. Thanks in advance


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