[PATCH 0/3] makedumpfile: hugepage filtering for vmcore dump

Jingbai Ma jingbai.ma at hp.com
Tue Nov 5 20:47:49 EST 2013

On 11/06/2013 04:26 AM, Vivek Goyal wrote:
> On Tue, Nov 05, 2013 at 09:45:32PM +0800, Jingbai Ma wrote:
>> This patch set intend to exclude unnecessary hugepages from vmcore dump file.
>> This patch requires the kernel patch to export necessary data structures into
>> vmcore: "kexec: export hugepage data structure into vmcoreinfo"
>> http://lists.infradead.org/pipermail/kexec/2013-November/009997.html
>> This patch introduce two new dump levels 32 and 64 to exclude all unused and
>> active hugepages. The level to exclude all unnecessary pages will be 127 now.
> Interesting. Why hugepages should be treated any differentely than normal
> pages?
> If user asked to filter out free page, then it should be filtered and
> it should not matter whether it is a huge page or not?

Yes, free hugepages should be filtered out with other free pages. It 
sounds reasonable.

But for active hugepages, I would offer user more choices/flexibility. 
(maybe bad).
I'm OK to filter active hugepages with other user data page.

Any other comments?

> Thanks
> Vivek

Jingbai Ma

More information about the kexec mailing list