PATCH/RFC: [kdump] fix APIC shutdown sequence

Martin Wilck martin.wilck at
Wed Aug 8 05:03:17 EDT 2007

Hello Eric,

> How bad is it if you just run with irqpoll in the kdump kernel?
> If running with irqpoll is usable that is probably preferable
> to putting in a hardware work around we can survive without.

Yes, I tried that. No effect.

> Have you done any looking at moving where the kernel initalizes
> io_apics?  One of the todo items on the path is to leave
> io_apic mode enabled and just startup the kernel in io_apic
> mode.

I have tried to recover from the "IRR set" situation in several ways by
changing setup_IO_APIC_irq(). But I haven't found a way to recover from
this situation once disable_IO_APIC() had been called.
I concluded thatthe sequence of events
"send INT message - never receive EOI - disable IO-APIC pin"
messes up the IO-APIC (at least this specific one in the
PCIEx-PCI bridge of the ICH7).

The current state of affairs is that the only thing that "worked" was to
re-enable irqs.

> When doing that a version of your work around (if needed)
> would certainly be reasonable.

> My general concern is that the trickier we get in the code
> running in the crashed kernel the less reliable the entire
> process will be.

That's certainly correct. I am grateful for all hints that simplify my patch.


Martin Wilck
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