[PATCH 0/2] kdump/mmap: Fix mmap of /proc/vmcore for s390
holzheu at linux.vnet.ibm.com
Wed May 29 13:12:49 EDT 2013
On Wed, 29 May 2013 12:23:26 -0400
Vivek Goyal <vgoyal at redhat.com> wrote:
> On Wed, May 29, 2013 at 01:51:44PM +0200, Michael Holzheu wrote:
> > On Tue, 28 May 2013 09:55:01 -0400
> > Vivek Goyal <vgoyal at redhat.com> wrote:
> > > On Sat, May 25, 2013 at 02:52:17PM +0200, Michael Holzheu wrote:
> > [snip]
> > > > Besides of the newmem mechanism, for completeness, we also
> > > > implemented the oldmem ELF header mechansim in kexec. But this
> > > > is disabled by default.
> > > >
> > > > See: "#ifdef WITH_ELF_HEADER" in
> > > > kexec/arch/s390/crashdump-s390.c
> > > >
> > > > Currently no distribution uses the oldmem mechanism.
> > >
> > > Hi Michael,
> > >
> > > Mechanism to read from newmem is not there yet (your patches are
> > > still being reviewed) and you mentioned that no distribution is
> > > building kexec-tools with WITH_ELF_HEADER on s390. So how things
> > > are currently working for kdump on s390?
> > Hello Vivek,
> > On s390, if we do not get the ELF header from the 1st kernel with
> > "elfcorehdr=", we build the ELF header in the 2nd kernel. This is
> > currently the default because WITH_ELF_HEADER is not defined for
> > kexec tools.
> > >>> START QUOTE
> > [PATCH v3 1/3] kdump: Introduce ELF header in new memory feature
> > Currently for s390 we create the ELF core header in the 2nd kernel
> > with a small trick. We relocate the addresses in the ELF header in
> > a way that for the /proc/vmcore code it seems to be in the 1st
> > kernel (old) memory and the read_from_oldmem() returns the correct
> > data. This allows the /proc/vmcore code to use the ELF header in
> > the 2nd kernel.
> > >>> END QUOTE
> > For our current zfcpdump project (see "[PATCH 3/3]s390/kdump: Use
> > vmcore for zfcpdump") we could no longer use this trick. Therefore
> > we sent you the patches to get a clean interface for ELF header
> > creation in the 2nd kernel.
> > > >
> > > > Therefore, if necessary, IMHO we can switch to the ELF header
> > > > memory swap mechanism for s390 in the kernel. Of course we
> > > > would then also have to adjust the (disabled) kexec code.
> > >
> > > So are you saying that s390 is ready to switch to mechanism of
> > > creating ELF headers in first kernel by kexec-tools and new kernel
> > > does not have to preare ELF headers?
> > No, I meant that currently nobody is using the kexec tools ELF
> > header creation in the 1st kernel on s390. We create the ELF header
> > in the 2nd kernel (mainly because of our cpuplugd issue).
> > Therefore, I think, we can safely change the ELF header creation in
> > 2nd kernel to use your p_offset swap trick *and* we remove the swap
> > code in the copy_oldmem_page() implementation (same kernel).
> Ok. Got it. So s390 can fix it in kernel without creating any backward
> compatibility issues (given the fact that nobody sees to be using
> kexec-tools to build headers).
> So please go ahead and fix it and that should solve your mmap() issue
> too. Also please fix kexec-tools and that change will not be backward
Ok, I will do this.
I think we should add this "swap in ELF header" patch to the "kdump:
Allow ELF header creation in new kernel" patch series (on top of the
mmap patch series). Because when I remove the swap code from
copy_oldmem_page(), the old trick to access the ELF header in the first
kernel memory will no longer work.
Is that ok for you?
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