[PATCH 1/2] kdump-lib-initramfs.sh: ignore the failure of echo

Pingfan Liu piliu at redhat.com
Sun Apr 16 23:44:35 PDT 2017

The kdump-capture.service will fail, if the following conds are meet up.
-1. boot up a VM with the following cmd:
qemu-kvm   -name 'avocado-vt-vm1'  -sandbox off    -machine pc   -nodefaults  -vga cirrus \
    -drive id=drive_image1,if=none,snapshot=off,aio=native,cache=none,format=qcow2,file=$guest_img \
    -device virtio-blk-pci,id=image1,drive=drive_image1,bootindex=0,bus=pci.0,addr=04 \
    -device virtio-net-pci,mac=9a:4d:4e:4f:50:51,id=id3DveCw,vectors=4,netdev=idgW5YRp,bus=pci.0,addr=05 \
    -netdev tap,id=idgW5YRp \
    -m 2048  \
    -smp 4,maxcpus=4,cores=2,threads=1,sockets=2  \
    -cpu 'SandyBridge',+kvm_pv_unhalt \
    -vnc :0  \
    -rtc base=utc,clock=host,driftfix=slew  \
    -boot order=cdn,once=c,menu=off,strict=off \
    -enable-kvm \
    -monitor stdio \
    -qmp tcp:localhost:4444,server,nowait
-2. in kernel cmdline with the following options: console=tty0 console=ttyS0,

Because the  "-nodefaults" option in qemu cmd excludes the emulation of serial port, the ttyS0 will
have no real backend device. We can observe such issue in 1st kernel by:
	echo teststring > /dev/console or
	echo teststring > /dev/ttyS0,
It gets the error "-bash: echo: write error: Input/output error".
Such conds cause small issue in 1st kernel, but it is a big problem for kdump-capture and emergency

This patch aims to work aroundthe issue in kdump-capture service:
dump_fs() return value will affect the following code in dracut-kdump.sh
	DUMP_RETVAL=$?    <---
	do_kdump_post $DUMP_RETVAL
	if [ $? -ne 0 ]; then
	    echo "kdump: kdump_post script exited with non-zero status!"

Although kdump-capture saves the vmcore successfully, but it exit 1 and
fall on emergency service.

Signed-off-by: Pingfan Liu <piliu at redhat.com>
 kdump-lib-initramfs.sh | 2 ++
 1 file changed, 2 insertions(+)

diff --git a/kdump-lib-initramfs.sh b/kdump-lib-initramfs.sh
index 4c0e2e2..2c18c87 100755
--- a/kdump-lib-initramfs.sh
+++ b/kdump-lib-initramfs.sh
@@ -111,6 +111,8 @@ dump_fs()
     echo "kdump: saving vmcore complete"
+    # improper kernel cmdline can cause the failure of echo, we can ignore this kind of failure
+    return 0
 save_vmcore_dmesg_fs() {

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