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

Ben Woodard woodard at redhat.com
Tue Nov 27 18:15:44 EST 2007

Eric W. Biederman wrote:
> Neil Horman <nhorman at redhat.com> writes:
>>> ..TIMER: vector=0x31 apic1=0 pin1=2 apic2=-1 pin2=-1
> Ben, what chipset is this?

nVidia MCP55 pro

It is the original version of 

i.e. not the -2. However, they don't seem to advertise the original 
version. Supermicro assures me that they are practically the same but I 
haven't played with the -2 version yet.

>> Ok, I think from what I understand of what we're reading here, the apic2 = -1
>> and pin2 = -1 indicate that the 8259 has no direct connection to any cpu, which
>> means that on shutdown disable_IO_APIC should take us into virtual wire mode.
>> As such enabling the APIC early in boot should fix us, but more consisely,
>> rewriting the entry in the IOAPIC to deliver int0 to the only running cpu should
>> accomplish the same goal for this problem.  Does that sound reasonable (at least
>> as a test to ensure we understand the problem) to everyone?
> Close.  There are two options with virtual wire mode.  
> - Either the local apic is in virtual wire mode, and somehow the
>   legacy interrupts make it to the local cpu.
> - Or an ioapic is in virtual wire mode and the legacy interrupt
>   controller is connected to it.
> So I guess fundamentally for any SMP system that only supports the
> cpu being in local apic mode and only routes interrupts to the boot
> strap processor we could be in trouble.  That is what our current
> information about your system suggests.
> However most systems actually connect the i8254 PIC interrupt
> controller to the ioapic in virtual wire mode.  As I recall the
> standard mapping is to ioapic 0, pin 0.  With ioapic 0, pin 2 being
> the timer interrupt (Possibly it is the other way around).
> So as a test we could feed those values into ioapic_8259 and see
> if the kdump case works.  I believe we prefer putting the ioapic
> into virtual wire mode over putting the cpu into virtual wire
> mode.  We can only control which cpu receives the legacy interrupts if
> we are putting the ioapic in virtual wire mode.
> It may also be an interesting test to just enable the timer for the
> ioapic in early boot, as you have suggested.  I don't have a clue what
> that will do.
> Eric
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