From: Prarit Bhargava on
This patch is similar to Theordore Ts'o's TAINT_USER patch,
linux-2.6 commit 34f5a39899f3f3e815da64f48ddb72942d86c366.

Individual distributions may enable "generic" features such as X86 support,
PPC support, and driver support.

Some of the features that are enabled by these "generic" feature flags may
not be considered supported by the individual distribution.

For example, a distribution may want to support PPC but not the Power5
chipset, or the e1000e driver but not a card with a specific DeviceID because
of known firmware issues.

Typically, one would push a config patch to enable and disable the feature and
patch the distribution. However, in some cases this is not feasible in order
to preserve kabi and at the same time maintain parity with the upstream kernel.
In some cases the distribution may want to allow booting of these features but
explicitly notify a user that they are not "officially" supported. It is also
possible that the hardware is fixed via a firmware update at a later date,
making it supported again.

It would be useful for a distribution to notify the installer and
bug reporting applications, and notify users that the hardware they are using
is unsupported during panic, oops, BUG(), and WARN().

This patch introduces the TAINT_HARDWARE_UNSUPPORTED flag for distributions
to use.

Signed-off-by: Prarit Bhargava <prarit(a)>
Signed-off-by: Don Zickus <dzickus(a)>

diff --git a/include/linux/kernel.h b/include/linux/kernel.h
index 8317ec4..f722b0d 100644
--- a/include/linux/kernel.h
+++ b/include/linux/kernel.h
@@ -347,6 +347,7 @@ extern enum system_states {
#define TAINT_WARN 9
#define TAINT_CRAP 10

extern void dump_stack(void) __cold;

diff --git a/kernel/panic.c b/kernel/panic.c
index 3b16cd9..394a5bb 100644
--- a/kernel/panic.c
+++ b/kernel/panic.c
@@ -180,6 +180,7 @@ static const struct tnt tnts[] = {
{ TAINT_WARN, 'W', ' ' },
{ TAINT_CRAP, 'C', ' ' },

@@ -197,6 +198,7 @@ static const struct tnt tnts[] = {
* 'W' - Taint on warning.
* 'C' - modules from drivers/staging are loaded.
* 'I' - Working around severe firmware bug.
+ * 'H' - Hardware is unsupported.
* The string is overwritten by the next call to print_tainted().
@@ -243,6 +245,9 @@ void add_taint(unsigned flag)
if (flag != TAINT_CRAP && flag != TAINT_WARN && __debug_locks_off())
printk(KERN_WARNING "Disabling lock debugging due to kernel taint\n");
+ printk(KERN_CRIT "WARNING: This system's hardware is "
+ "unsupported.\n");

set_bit(flag, &tainted_mask);
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