[patch v2 04/10] kdump: Trigger kdump via panic notifier chain on s390

Michael Holzheu holzheu at linux.vnet.ibm.com
Wed Aug 3 05:50:39 EDT 2011

Hello Vivek,

On Tue, 2011-08-02 at 15:21 -0400, Vivek Goyal wrote:
> > We have added the panic notifier in the past in order to be able to
> > configure the action that should be done in case of panic using our
> > shutdown actions infrastructure. We can configure the action using sysfs
> > and we are able to configure that a stand-alone dump should be started
> > as action for panic.
> > 
> > Now with the two stage dump approach we would like to keep the
> > possibility to trigger a stand-alone dump even if kdump is installed.
> > The stand-alone dumper will be started in case of a kernel panic and
> > then the procedure we discussed will happen: Jump into kdump and if
> > program check occurs do stand-alone dump as backup.
> Frankly speaking this jumping to stand alone kernel by default is not
> making any sense to me. Once you have already determined from /sys that
> in case of crash a user has set the action to kdump, then we should
> simply call crash_kexec()

If the user has set the panic action to kdump, we jump directly to
crash_kexec(). This then works like on all other architectures.

Only if the user has specified panic action stand-alone dump, we do the
detour via the stand-alone dump tools.

> like other architectures and jump to stand
> alone kernel only if some piece of code is corrupted and that action
> failed.
> What's the point of jumping to stand alone kenrel in case of panic()
> and then re-enter it back to original kernel using crash_kexec(). Sound
> like a very odd design choice to me.
> I am now I am repeating this question umpteen time simply because
> I never got a good answer except "we have to do it this way".

Sometimes communication is really hard and frustrating.
... but at least we are still communicating.

Ok very last try:

* We can use the same mechanism for manual dump and automatic dump on
panic: IPL the stand-alone dump tools. kdump check and backup
stand-alone dump is implemented only in the stand-alone dump code. If we
would do it like you suggested, we would have to do it twice - in the
kernel and in the stand-alone dump tools:
- kernel: Try kdump and if kdump fails trigger standalone dump tool
- Stand-alone dump tool: Try kdump and if kdump fails do full dump

* Still the panic action is configured via sysfs as the user is already
used to on s390.

* It fits much better into our whole s390 infrastructure. Believe me, we
have discussed that here a long time. I think you do not have a full
overview here. Perhaps you just have to believe that.


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