[PATCH v4] vmcore: Add a kernel parameter novmcoredd

Kairui Song kasong at redhat.com
Tue May 28 04:18:56 PDT 2019

Since commit 2724273e8fd0 ("vmcore: add API to collect hardware dump in
second kernel"), drivers is allowed to add device related dump data to
vmcore as they want by using the device dump API. This have a potential
issue, the data is stored in memory, drivers may append too much data
and use too much memory. The vmcore is typically used in a kdump kernel
which runs in a pre-reserved small chunk of memory. So as a result it
will make kdump unusable at all due to OOM issues.

So introduce new 'novmcoredd' command line option. User can disable
device dump to reduce memory usage. This is helpful if device dump is
using too much memory, disabling device dump could make sure a regular
vmcore without device dump data is still available.

Signed-off-by: Kairui Song <kasong at redhat.com>

 Update from V3:
  - Use novmcoredd instead of vmcore_device_dump. Use
    vmcore_device_dump and make it off by default is confusing,
    novmcoredd is a cleaner way to let user space be able to disable
    device dump to save memory.

 Update from V2:
  - Improve related docs

 Update from V1:
  - Use bool parameter to turn it on/off instead of letting user give
    the size limit. Size of device dump is hard to determine.

 Documentation/admin-guide/kernel-parameters.txt | 11 +++++++++++
 fs/proc/Kconfig                                 |  3 ++-
 fs/proc/vmcore.c                                |  8 ++++++++
 3 files changed, 21 insertions(+), 1 deletion(-)

diff --git a/Documentation/admin-guide/kernel-parameters.txt b/Documentation/admin-guide/kernel-parameters.txt
index 138f6664b2e2..1b900d262680 100644
--- a/Documentation/admin-guide/kernel-parameters.txt
+++ b/Documentation/admin-guide/kernel-parameters.txt
@@ -2872,6 +2872,17 @@
 			/sys/module/printk/parameters/console_suspend) to
 			turn on/off it dynamically.
+	novmcoredd	[KNL,KDUMP]
+			Disable device dump. Device dump allows drivers to
+			append dump data to vmcore so you can collect driver
+			specified debug info. The drivers could append the
+			data without any limit, and the data is stored in
+			memory, this may bring a significant memory stress.
+			Disable device dump can help save memory but driver
+			debug data will be no longer available.
+			Only available when CONFIG_PROC_VMCORE_DEVICE_DUMP
+			is set.
 	noaliencache	[MM, NUMA, SLAB] Disables the allocation of alien
 			caches in the slab allocator.  Saves per-node memory,
 			but will impact performance.
diff --git a/fs/proc/Kconfig b/fs/proc/Kconfig
index 817c02b13b1d..62b19162d198 100644
--- a/fs/proc/Kconfig
+++ b/fs/proc/Kconfig
@@ -57,7 +57,8 @@ config PROC_VMCORE_DEVICE_DUMP
 	  If you say Y here, the collected device dumps will be added
-	  as ELF notes to /proc/vmcore.
+	  as ELF notes to /proc/vmcore. You can still disabled device
+	  dump by command line option 'novmcoredd'.
 	bool "Sysctl support (/proc/sys)" if EXPERT
diff --git a/fs/proc/vmcore.c b/fs/proc/vmcore.c
index 3fe90443c1bb..e815fd035fc0 100644
--- a/fs/proc/vmcore.c
+++ b/fs/proc/vmcore.c
@@ -53,6 +53,9 @@ static struct proc_dir_entry *proc_vmcore;
 /* Device Dump list and mutex to synchronize access to list */
 static LIST_HEAD(vmcoredd_list);
 static DEFINE_MUTEX(vmcoredd_mutex);
+static bool vmcoredd_disabled;
+core_param(novmcoredd, vmcoredd_disabled, bool, 0);
 /* Device Dump Size */
@@ -1451,6 +1454,11 @@ int vmcore_add_device_dump(struct vmcoredd_data *data)
 	size_t data_size;
 	int ret;
+	if (vmcoredd_disabled) {
+		pr_err_once("Device dump is disabled\n");
+		return -EINVAL;
+	}
 	if (!data || !strlen(data->dump_name) ||
 	    !data->vmcoredd_callback || !data->size)
 		return -EINVAL;

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