[linux-pm] [RFC][PATCH 0/2 -mm] kexec based hibernation -v3

Mika Penttilä mika.penttila at kolumbus.fi
Fri Sep 21 10:56:43 EDT 2007

huang ying wrote:
> On 9/21/07, Mika Penttilä <mika.penttila at kolumbus.fi> wrote:
>>> Usage:
>>> 1. Compile kernel with following options selected:
>>> CONFIG_X86_32=y
>>> CONFIG_RELOCATABLE=y # not needed strictly, but it is more convenient with it
>>> CONFIG_CRASH_DUMP=y # only needed by kexeced kernel to save/restore memory image
>>> 2. Download the kexec-tools-testing git tree, apply the kexec-tools
>>>    kjump patches (or download the source tar ball directly) and
>>>    compile.
>>> 3. Download and compile the krestore tool.
>>> 4. Prepare 2 root partition used by kernel A and kernel B/C, referred
>>>    as /dev/hda, /dev/hdb in following text. This is not strictly
>>>    necessary, I use this scheme for testing during development.
>>> 5. Boot kernel compiled for normal usage (kernal A).
>>> 6. Load kernel compiled for hibernating/restore usage (kernel B) with
>>>    kexec, the same kernel as that of 5 can be used if
>>>    CONFIG_RELOCATABLE=y and CONFIG_CRASH_DUMP=y are selected.
>>>    The --elf64-core-headers should be specified in command line of
>>>    kexec, because only the 64bit ELF is supported by krestore tool.
>>>    For example, the shell command line can be as follow:
>>>    kexec -p -n /boot/bzImage --mem-min=0x100000 --mem-max=0xffffff
>>>        --elf64-core-headers --append="root=/dev/hdb single"
>>> 7. Jump to the hibernating kernel (kernel B) with following shell
>>>    command line:
>>>    kexec -j
>>> 8. In the hibernating kernel (kernel B), the memory image of
>>>    hibernated kernel (kernel A) can be saved as follow:
>>>    cp /proc/vmcore .
>>>    cp /sys/kernel/kexec_jump_back_entry .
>> Here we save also kernel B's pages.
> No, the kernel B's pages will not be saved. Because when we build the
> elfcore (/proc/vmcore) header, we exclude memory area used by kernel
> B. The details can be found in kexec-tools patches.
Ok I see. But should the kernel B's e820 mem map be limited to 1m-16m in 
order not to allocate pages found also in A's space? Or does does the 
--mem-min and --mem-max do that also?

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