[PATCH] sysrq: Simplify sysrq-c handler

Neil Horman nhorman at tuxdriver.com
Tue May 5 09:45:47 EDT 2009

Currently the sysrq-c handler is bit over-engineered.  Its behavior is dependent
on a few compile time and run time factors that alter its behavior which is
really unnecessecary.  If CONFIG_KEXEC is not configured, sysrq-c, crashes the
system with a NULL pointer dereference.  If CONFIG_KEXEC is configured, it calls
crash_kexec directly, which implies that the kexec kernel will either be booted
(if its been previously loaded), or it will simply do nothing (the no kexec
kernel has been loaded).  It would be much easier to just simplify the whole
thing to dereference a NULL pointer all the time regardless of configuration.
That way, it will always try to crash the system, and if a kexec kernel has been
loaded into reserved space, it will still boot from the page fault trap handler
(assuming panic_on_oops is set appropriately).


Signed-off-by: Neil Horman <nhorman at tuxdriver.com>

 sysrq.c |   15 ++++++---------
 1 file changed, 6 insertions(+), 9 deletions(-)

diff --git a/drivers/char/sysrq.c b/drivers/char/sysrq.c
index b0a6a3e..9319e75 100644
--- a/drivers/char/sysrq.c
+++ b/drivers/char/sysrq.c
@@ -120,20 +120,17 @@ static struct sysrq_key_op sysrq_unraw_op = {
 #define sysrq_unraw_op (*(struct sysrq_key_op *)0)
 #endif /* CONFIG_VT */
-static void sysrq_handle_crashdump(int key, struct tty_struct *tty)
+static void sysrq_handle_crash(int key, struct tty_struct *tty)
-	crash_kexec(get_irq_regs());
+	void *killer = NULL;
+	*killer = 1;
 static struct sysrq_key_op sysrq_crashdump_op = {
-	.handler	= sysrq_handle_crashdump,
-	.help_msg	= "Crashdump",
-	.action_msg	= "Trigger a crashdump",
+	.handler	= sysrq_handle_crash,
+	.help_msg	= "Crash",
+	.action_msg	= "Trigger a crash",
 	.enable_mask	= SYSRQ_ENABLE_DUMP,
-#define sysrq_crashdump_op (*(struct sysrq_key_op *)0)
 static void sysrq_handle_reboot(int key, struct tty_struct *tty)

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