[PATCH v2 01/11] kexec: introduce kexec_ops struct

Andrew Cooper andrew.cooper3 at citrix.com
Thu Nov 22 13:07:43 EST 2012

On 22/11/12 17:47, H. Peter Anvin wrote:
> The other thing that should be considered here is how utterly 
> preposterous the notion of doing in-guest crash dumping is in a system 
> that contains a hypervisor.  The reason for kdump is that on bare metal 
> there are no other options, but in a hypervisor system the right thing 
> should be for the hypervisor to do the dump (possibly spawning a clean 
> I/O domain if the I/O domain is necessary to access the media.)
> There is absolutely no reason to have a crashkernel sitting around in 
> each guest, consuming memory, and possibly get corrupt.
> 	-hpa

I agree that regular guests should not be using the kexec/kdump. 
However, this patch series is required for allowing a pvops kernel to be
a crash kernel for Xen, which is very important from dom0/Xen's point of

Andrew Cooper - Dom0 Kernel Engineer, Citrix XenServer
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