The kernel has a divide by zero crash when trying to run the system timer
less than 100Hz. The problem is x/(HZ/USER_HZ) and related. Now
x*(USER_HZ/HZ) will be used if HZ<USER_HZ.
I'm running the Linux kernel under qemu and went to run a slower system
timer to take less CPU (and battery) on the host. I found that the kernel
paniced under emulation because of a divide by zero in three places. Here
is the patch. The base git was updated today 01-05-2008. I went for a
20Hz system time by adding config HZ_20 etc to kernel/Kconfig.hz. With
this patch I verified the system timer by looking at /proc/interrupts.
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