[PATCH] kexec: force x86_64 arches to boot kdump kernels on boot cpu

Eric W. Biederman ebiederm at xmission.com
Tue Nov 27 06:19:48 EST 2007

Andi Kleen <andi at firstfloor.org> writes:

> On Mon, Nov 26, 2007 at 08:47:40PM -0500, Neil Horman wrote:
>> Hey all-
>> 	I've been working on an issue lately involving multi socket x86_64
>> systems connected via hypertransport bridges.  It appears that some systems,
>> disable the hypertransport connections during a kdump operation when all but
> the
>> crashing processor gets halted in machine_crash_shutdown.  This becomes a
> That would be hard to believe. Linux cannot shut down CPUs
> completely (put them back to SINIT state) because there is no generic
> interface for this and it might be impossible. They just get put 
> into a HLT loop.
> And even if they were in SINIT they would still need the HT connections
> otherwise it would be impossible to ever wake them up.

If forget off the top of my head.  But my memory is that if you send
the proper IPI cpus go back into SINIT.  However linux doesn't do this

> The way HT setup is normally done is that the BIOS sets it all up
> and then it never changes (except for some error conditions that 
> may cause SYNC flood) 


> It would be better to properly root cause before applying.



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