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

Neil Horman nhorman at tuxdriver.com
Tue Nov 27 11:45:21 EST 2007

On Tue, Nov 27, 2007 at 08:30:47AM -0700, Eric W. Biederman wrote:
> Neil Horman <nhorman at tuxdriver.com> writes:
> > So, it sounds to me then, like unless I'm willing to really re-write the APIC
> > setup code (which I don't feel qualified to do quite yet), that the immediate
> > solution would be to not rely on interrupts in legacy mode, which was according
> > to my understanding, what the use of the irqpoll command line option was
> > supposed to enable.  Any thoughts as to why that might not be working in this
> > case, or suggested tests to determine a cause there?
> Hmm.  It looks like irqpoll expects to have at least one irq working.
> I wonder if we can fix that.
> Looking at it from the other direction what does this line
> from check_timer() look like when you boot a normal kernel?
> 	apic_printk(APIC_VERBOSE,KERN_INFO "..TIMER: vector=0x%02X apic1=%d pin1=%d apic2=%d pin2=%d\n",
> 		cfg->vector, apic1, pin1, apic2, pin2);

Sure, Ben, can you provide the output of that on the system in question?  You'll need to boot with apic=verbose to see it.

> I'm curious what values we see at boot for the legacy mode the first
> time it is setup, and possibly what chipset you are on.
> I know we have had a few times where we have failed to reprogram
> the ioapic properly at shutdown.  So it can't hurt to look at
> that possibility one last time.
> For whatever it is worth my original attempt at using only the
> apic mode was commit: f2b36db692b7ff6972320ad9839ae656a3b0ee3e
> Looks like I didn't have an x86_64 version.
Thanks, I'll take a look at that.

> It looks like about half the cleanups I needed was to decouple
> smp cpu startup and apic initialization.  I think the hotplug cpu
> case has done a more thorough version of that now.
> There was a bit of reshuffling needed to get the everything initialized
> in the right order when we started apic mode sooner.
> Anyway I might just take another look at this if I can find enough
> moments to string together.
> Eric

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