[PATCH] Reserve memory for kdump kernel within RMO region

M. Mohan Kumar mohan at in.ibm.com
Fri Nov 27 07:54:36 EST 2009


As of now the kdump kernel base is fixed to be 32MB. The intention of 
this patch is to modify that behaviour (for relocatable kernels)

* Regular kernel size may exceed 32MB, in this case we can't have kdump 
kernelbase as 32MB.

* crashkernel=auto also assumes that kdump kernelbase as 32MB, and it 
may also fail in reserving memory for kdump kernel.

On 11/27/2009 12:56 AM, Bernhard Walle wrote:
> M. Mohan Kumar schrieb:
>> On 11/26/2009 12:22 AM, Bernhard Walle wrote:
>>> M. Mohan Kumar schrieb:
>>>> Reserve memory for kdump kernel within RMO region
>>>> When the kernel size exceeds 32MB(observed with some distros), memory
>>>> for kdump kernel can not be reserved as kdump kernel base is assumed to
>>>> be 32MB always. When the kernel has CONFIG_RELOCATABLE option enabled,
>>>> provide the feature to reserve the memory for kdump kernel anywhere in
>>>> the RMO region.
>> Hi Bernhard,
>>> Correct me if I'm wrong, but: CONFIG_RELOCATABLE is for the kernel that
>>> gets loaded as crashkernel, not for the kernel that loads the
>>> crashkernel. So it would be perfectly fine that a kernel that has not
>>> CONFIG_RELOCATABLE set would load another kernel that has
>>> CONFIG_RELOCATABLE set on an address != 32 M.
>> No, with relocatable option, the same kernel is used as both production
>> and kdump kernel.
> Can be, but it's not strictly necessary. It depends what userland does.
> Especially it's possible that a non-relocatable, self-compiled kernel
> loads a relocatable distribution kernel as capture kernel.
> Also, it would make sense to make the behaviour symmetric across
> platforms. Currently we have:
>   - x86 and ia64: Without offset on command line, use any offset
>                   With offset on command line, use that offset and fail
>                   if no memory is available at that offset.
>   - ppc64: Always use 32M and ignore the offset.
> If your patch gets applied, we have:
>   - ppc64: With CONFIG_RELOCATABLE, use any offset
>            With offset on command
> I don't see why the behaviour on ppc64 should be completely different.
> Having maintained kdump for SUSE for x86, ia64 and partly ppc64 in the
> past, I always felt that ppc64 is more different from x86 than ia64 is
> from x86. That's one more step into that direction without a technical
> reason.
> Having that all said: If your patch gets in mainline kernel, than we
> should change the behaviour also for x86 and ia64.
> Regards,
> Bernhard
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