[PATCH v26 0/7] arm64: add kdump support

James Morse james.morse at arm.com
Tue Oct 4 02:46:27 PDT 2016

Hi Manish,

On 03/10/16 13:41, Manish Jaggi wrote:
> On 10/03/2016 04:34 PM, AKASHI Takahiro wrote:
>> On Mon, Oct 03, 2016 at 01:24:34PM +0530, Manish Jaggi wrote:
>>> With the v26 kdump and v3 kexec-tools and top of tree crash.git, below are the tests done
>>> Attached is a patch in crash.git (symbols.c) to make crash utility work on my setup.
>>> Can you please have a look and provide your comments.
>>> To generate a panic, i have a kernel module which on init calls panic.

... modules ... I haven't tested that. I bet it causes some problems!
We probably need to include module_alloc_base as an elf note in the vmcore file...

>>> First kernel is booted with mem=2G crashkernel=1G command line option.
>>> While the system has 64G memory.

>> Are you saying that "mem=..." doesn't have any effect?
> What I am saying it that If the first kernel is booted using mem= option and crashkernel= option
> the memory for second kernel has to be withing the crashkernel size.
> As per /proc/iomem System RAM the information is correct, but the /proc/meminfo is showing total memory
> much more than the first kernel had in first place.

So your second crashkernel has 63G of memory? Unless you provide the same 'mem='
to the kdump kernel, this is the expected behaviour. The
DT:/reserved-memory/crash_dump describes the memory not to use.

On your first boot with 'mem=2G' memblock_mem_limit_remove_map() called from
arm64_memblock_init() removed the top 62G of memory. Neither the first kernel
nor kexec-tools know about the top 62G.
When you run kexec-tools, it describes what it sees in /proc/iomem in the
DT:/reserved-memory/crash_dump, which is just the remaining 1G of memory.

When we crash and reboot, the crash kernel discovers all 64G of memory from the
EFI memory map.
kexec-tools described the 1G of memory that the first kernel was using in the
DT:/reserved-memory/crash_dump node, so early_init_fdt_scan_reserved_mem()
reserves the 1G of memory the first kernel used. This leaves us with 63G of memory.

This may change with the next version of kdump if it switches back to using
If you need v26 to avoid the top 62G of memory, you need to provide the same
'mem=' to the first and second kernel.

>>> 1.2 Live crash dump fails with error

... do we expect this to work? I don't think it has anything to do with this



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