[PATCH] kexec-tools: Read always one vmcoreinfo file
ptesarik at suse.cz
Tue Jul 24 04:18:34 EDT 2012
Dne Po 23. července 2012 22:10:59 Daniel Kiper napsal(a):
> Hi Petr,
> On Mon, Jul 23, 2012 at 03:30:55PM +0200, Petr Tesarik wrote:
> > Dne Po 23. ??ervence 2012 14:56:07 Petr Tesarik napsal(a):
> > > Dne ??t 5. ??ervence 2012 14:16:35 Daniel Kiper napsal(a):
> > > > vmcoreinfo file could exists under /sys/kernel (valid on baremetal
> > > > only) and/or under /sys/hypervisor (valid when Xen dom0 is running).
> > > > Read only one of them. It means that only one PT_NOTE will be always
> > > > created. Remove extra code for second PT_NOTE creation.
> > >
> > > Hi Daniel,
> > >
> > > are you absolutely sure this is the right thing to do? IIUC these two
> > > VMCORINFO notes are very different. The one from /sys/kernel/vmcoreinfo
> > > describes the Dom0 kernel (type 'VMCOREINFO'), while the one from
> > > /sys/hypervisor describes the Xen hypervisor (type 'XEN_VMCOREINFO').
> > > If you keep only the hypervisor note, then e.g. makedumpfile won't be
> > > able to use dumplevel greater than 1, nor will it be able to extract
> > > the log buffer.
> > I've just verified this, and I'm confident we have to keep both notes in
> > the dump file. Simon, please revert Daniel's patch to avoid regressions.
> > I'm attaching a sample VMCOREINFO_XEN and VMCOREINFO to demonstrate the
> > difference. Note that the VMCOREINFO_XEN note is actually too big,
> > because Xen doesn't bother to maintain the correct note size in the note
> > header, so it always spans a complete page minus sizeof(Elf64_Nhdr)...
> The problem with /sys/kernel/vmcoreinfo under Xen is that it expose invalid
> physical address. It breaks /proc/vmcore in crash kernel. That is why I
> proposed that fix. Additionally, /sys/kernel/vmcoreinfo is not available
> under Xen Linux Ver. 2.6.18. However, I did not do any makedumpfile tests.
> If you discovered any issues with my patch please drop me more details
> about your tests (Xen version, Linux Kernel version, makedumpfile version,
> command lines, config files, logs, etc.). I will be more then happy to
> fix/improve kexec-tools and makedumpfile.
well, Linux v2.6.18 does not have /sys/kernel/vmcoreinfo, simply because the
VMCOREINFO infrastructure was not present in 2.6.18. It was added later with
commit fd59d231f81cb02870b9cf15f456a897f3669b4e, which went into 2.6.24.
I tested with the following combinations:
* xen-3.3.1 + kernel-xen-22.214.171.124 + kexec-tools-2.0.0 + makedumpfile-1.3.1
* xen-4.0.3 + kernel-xen-126.96.36.199 + kexec-tools-2.0.0 + makedumpfile-1.3.1
* xen-4.1.2 + kernel-xen-3.0.34 + kexec-tools-2.0.0 + makedumpfile-1.4.0
These versions correspond to SLES11-GA, SLES11-SP1 and SLES11-SP2,
respectively. All of them work just fine and save both ELF notes into the
What do you mean by "invalid physical address"? I'm getting the correct
physical address under Xen. Obviously, it must be translated to machine
addresses if you need them from the secondary kernel.
Anyway, let me re-install my test system and send all the necessary
information. What kind of log files are you interested in?
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