[PATCH -next] Documentation: Improve crashkernel= description

Ahmed S. Darwish darwish.07 at gmail.com
Sun Feb 6 10:41:08 EST 2011

(Also applicable over 2.6.38-rc3)

Had to explore two C code files to make sense of the 'crashkernel='
kernel parameter values.  Improve the situation.

Signed-off-by: Ahmed S. Darwish <darwish.07 at gmail.com>

diff --git a/Documentation/kernel-parameters.txt b/Documentation/kernel-parameters.txt
index 89835a4..8f26b42 100644
--- a/Documentation/kernel-parameters.txt
+++ b/Documentation/kernel-parameters.txt
@@ -545,9 +545,12 @@ and is between 256 and 4096 characters. It is defined in the file
-	crashkernel=nn[KMG]@ss[KMG]
-			[KNL] Reserve a chunk of physical memory to
-			hold a kernel to switch to with kexec on panic.
+	crashkernel=size[KMG][@offset[KMG]]
+			[KNL] Using kexec, Linux can switch to a 'crash kernel'
+			upon panic. This parameter reserves the physical
+			memory region [offset, offset + size] for that kernel
+			image. If the '@offset' part was ignored, Linux finds
+			a suitable crash image start address automatically.
 			[KNL] Same as above, but depends on the memory



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